Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Gabriel Rucker

JBF Award winner Gabriel Rucker


JBF Award Winner Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR


What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

In-N-Out cheeseburgers.


What’s your favorite movie, and why?

The Last of the Mohicans—the beautiful cinematography and the history.


Describe the last great meal you ate.

Lunch at our favorite spot: Clark Lewis. Great fresh salads and handmade pastas with the most amazing ragù. I always treat my son with the respect of an adult diner even though he is only one.


What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

Right now, scallops with fresh heart of palm.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Sour Patch Kids.


What’s your earliest food memory?

Eating sweetbreads at the CIA in Napa. [I had] no idea what they were, but I loved them.


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Foodspotting: Backstage with Rising Star Chef Gabriel's Purple Sneaks

Gabriel Rucker's kicks Backstage celebrating with the Award winners *right* when they get off the stage at the the Mercedes-Benz Victory Lane. Exciting vibe in here. First up to win was Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, winner of the Rising Star Chef of the Year Award. Award presenter Marcus Samuelsson told us this is the hardest category to win, as you're up against the whole country. Funny story: Gabriel nervously packed two left black shoes, and had to wear these purple sneakers with his black tie gear. Adorable!

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Interview with Rising Star Nominee Gabriel Rucker

Anna Mowry interviews James Beard Award–nominated Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Little Bird in Portland, Oregon

Nominated for the Rising Star of the Year Award for the fourth year in a row, Gabriel Rucker continues to be one of the gutsiest chefs in Portland, Oregon's thriving restaurant scene. Read on to see what he told us about his favorite local eateries and some memorable calamari.

JBF: You opened Little Bird a few months ago. What made you want to open a restaurant that serves more traditional bistro fare?

GR: It’s something that Portland needed, and we wanted to do another restaurant but something different from Le Pigeon. We also wanted to reach a broader crowd and we thought a bistro would do that.

JBF: How’s it going so far?

GR: We made the space about twice as big, hoping that the menu would attract more people. We’re located downtown, across

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JBF News: Just a Few More Days to Bid Online

white trufflesOur online auction officially closes at 4:00 P.M. on Monday, November 9, which means you still have a few more days to bid on spectacular gourmet, travel, and gift packages! And we're still adding new offerings, including a trip to the annual Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene. The winning bidder will get a coveted seat at the decadent Grand Truffle Dinner prepared by beloved local chefs Stephanie Pearl-Kimmel and Rocky Maselli, as well as Gabriel Rucker, Naomi Pomeroy and other feisty Portland newcomers. After feasting on your fill of this buried treasure, you'll spend the night at the C'est la Vie Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast housed in an impeccably restored Queen Anne Victorian mansion. To learn more about the package and make your bid, click

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