Joe Kim Jr., executive chef and co-owner of downtown Bend’s 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar, has been honored by the national James Beard Foundation with a nomination as the best chef in the Pacific Northwest region.
Kim is one of 20 chefs nominated for the award, and the only one in Oregon outside of Portland. The list will be whittled down to five when finalists are announced March 18.
Portland chefs nominated for the award are Greg Denton and Garbrielle Quiñónez Denton of OX, Trent Pierce of Roe, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Adam Sappington of The Country Cat, Cathy Whims of Nostrana and Justin Woodward of Castagna. Ten Washington chefs were nominated, eight of them from Seattle. Also nominated in the Northwest region were two chefs from Montana and one from Idaho.
— John Gottberg Anderson