Rick Widmayer, reigning chef, has some tough competition!
You be the judge
Introducing Portland's Original Iron Chef 2013 competitors:
Slow cooking, local ingredients and old world techniques are the hallmarks of Eric Joppie's food. As the newest addition to Bar Avignon, Joppie brings his culinary talents and world experience to Portland. Inspired by Bar Avignon's familial atmosphere and the restaurant's own Broken Fence Farm, he creates cuisines that are elegant yet approachable.
Rick Widmayer (Reigning Champion)
Executive Chef Rick Widmayer's passion for cooking began as a teen, growing up in Columbus, Ohio. He brings his 20+ years of culinary experience to Bistro Marquee, having worked at some of Portland's favorite restaurants including six years at Screen Door and four years at Mother's Bistro.
Jake Martin brings his innovative style of cuisine to Southeast Portland's famed Genoa Restaurant. Martin, a recent standout Portland chef who cooked in Seattle for the past year, returns to the Rose City as executive chef, where he puts his modernistic take on Genoa's rustic Italian menu.
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Richard discovered his passion for cooking when he was in high school. Currently Richard is the Executive Chef at Laurelwood Public House and Brewery in Portland. Richard's culinary expertise has been demonstrated by winning Pacific Seafood's top chef competition in 2012 and finishing second in the top chef competition in Napa, California in 2011.
For Scott Snyder, cooking and food has been a circuitous route filled with familial memories across the U.S. At Levant, Snyder offers some twists on traditional Arabesque-French fare, bringing the cuisine to Portlanders in an affordable and approachable way. The rich history of the food he cooks at Levant is something Snyder relishes.
Ya Hala Restaurant
Lebanese born chef Mirna Attar has taken her well-loved restaurant Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine to a new plateau. Quickly gaining reputation as the premier Lebanese restaurant in Portland, Attar has combined her Middle Eastern expertise with the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, pairing the best of both healthful and modern culinary worlds.
Thursday, October 10
Doors open at 6 pm