Portland chefs have taken out two more
James Beard Foundation Awards. Gabriel Rucker
of Le Pigeon
and Little Bird
has been named the James Beard Foundation's 2011 Rising Star Chef of the Year
, and Pok Pok
and Ping's Andy Ricker
took out the Best Chef Northwest
category, beating out Seattle favorite Ethan Stowell from Staple & Fancy, as well as Grüner's Christopher Israel and Nostrana's Cathy Whims.
"The city of Portland has allowed us to do what we do, and I don't think Pok Pok could have happened anywhere else," Ricker said in his acceptance speech.
Ricker and Rucker (say that five times fast) join local pastry chef Kim Boyce
and "selmelier" Mark Bitterman who received James Beard awards
on Friday night.