Just this last week, Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon was the first chef from Oregon to be awarded the James Beard Rising Star Award! I had the great opportunity to meet Gabriel last fall one night while having drinks with Naomi Pomeroy and the BEAST crew, he is a great guy, and if you have ever eaten his food then you know he is a great chef. Congratulations to Gabriel and thank you for bringing home the win! Also congrats to the James Beard Best Chef Northwest, Andy Ricker of Pok Pok! I heart Portland!