Cathy Whims

Nostrana and Oven and Shaker, Portland, OR

Cathy Whims, a Portland Oregon chef, holds a long-time love affair with Italy. Along with educating herself through travel, Cathy has studied with Marcella and Victor Hazan at their home in Venice, with Madeleine Kamman at the highly respected School for American Chefs, and with the Albarello family in their own kitchen at the Antica Torre Trattoria in Barbaresco, a renowned restaurant of the Langhe. Her mentor, Faith Heller Willinger invited Cathy to cook at her home in Florence. Cathy has also been recognized for her talent by the James Beard Foundation and is a five-time nominee in the Best Chef Northwest category from 2009-2013.

What is your earliest food memory?
I remember telling my mom that I wanted to have a prime rib roast for my birthday and I wanted served rare and to eat it with my hands.

If you weren't a chef, what would you be?
I would've been a modern dancer but I wasn't very good at it.

If you could cook James Beard one dish, what would it be?
Fettucine with Marcella No. 3 tomato butter sauce.


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