Portland chefs win James Beard awards


Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Little Bird and Andy Ricker of Pok Pok and Ping’s won James Beard Foundation awards.

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Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Little Bird and Andy Ricker of Pok Pok and Ping’s won James Beard Foundation awards.

Rucker was named Rising Star of the Year, and Ricker won Best Chef Northwest.

“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.

Read more at Willamette Week.

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