Three Portlanders are coming home with James Beard Awards, the lofty culinary prize named after Portland-born chef James Beard that held its awards ceremony last night.
Naomi Pomeroy of Beast and Expatriate takes home the prize for Best Chef Northwest. Pomeroy, a four-time nominee, said upon accepting the Northwest chef prize, âI feel like Iâm taking this award home for everybody in the Northwest.â She also thanked fellow Portland finalist Cathy Whims of Nostrana and Oven and Shaker, who maintains her Susan Lucci status with now six nominations for the award.
And in an oddball twist, Portlandia's Fred Armisen won a James Beard Award for broadcast journalism. He was one of the award recipients for a segment on NPR radio program This American Life, about an Oklahoma meat plant selling pig intestines as calamari. Armisen had been hosting the "DoppelgÃ¤ngers" program as a joke, entirely in the character of Ira Glass. Listen to the show here.