The James Beard Foundation published its list of semifinalists for this year's round of awards today, and Portland came away with a respectable lucky 13 of them:
• Tim Healea of Little T for Outstanding Baker
• Clyde Common for Outstanding Bar Program
• Pok Pok's Andy Ricker for Outstanding Chef
• Kristen Murray of Måurice for Outstanding Pastry Chef
• And Portland is neck-and-neck with Seattle for number of nominations in the Best Chef: Northwest category: Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton (Ox); Kevin Gibson (Davenport); Gregory Gourdet (Departure); Trent Pierce (Roe); Sarah Pliner (Aviary); Ryan Roadhouse (Nodoguro); and Justin Woodward (Castagna).
Check out the full list of nominees, and plan your dining fantasies/realities accordingly.
- James Beard Foundation
- Or just order a pizza. Pizza's good too.