Portland chefs win major national honors

Credit: James Beard Awards/KGW

Andy Ricker of Pok Pok restaurant receives the James Beard Best Local Chef in the Northwest Award after an introduction by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on May 9, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 10 at 10:33 AM

PORTLAND -- Two Portland chefs won the honor of being selected as the Rising Star Chef of the Year and the Best Local Chef in the Northwest by the James Beard Foundation.

Gabriel Rucker, of Le Pigeon, was selected out of a group of finalists Monday as the Rising Star Chef of the Year. Le Pigeon tweeted that Rucker fans could come by the restaurant for free appetizers to celebrate on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

In addition, Portland chef Andy Ricker, of Pok, Pok, won Best Local Chef in the Northwest.

In addition, a Portland food writer won a James Beard award for his book. Mark Bitterman, co-owner and co-founder of The Meadow food store, on N Mississippi Avenue, won the award in the Reference and Scholarship category for his book, "Salted: A Manifesto on the World’s Most Essential Mineral."

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