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Coquine and Rucker – 2016 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

James Beard Award

Congratulations to Coquine and Gabriel Rucker, chef of Le Pigeon and Little Bird.

Coquine is a semifinalist a James Beard Award as Best New Restaurant in the United States. The Portland French inspired restaurant opened in July of this past year in the Mount Tabor neighborhood. We at SYK are fans of Portland Monthly’s “2015 Cookie of the Year”, Coquine’s take on a chocolate chip cookie.

Chef and author Gabriel Rucker is up for the James Beard Outstanding Chef Award this year. In 2011, he received the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and in 2013, took the prize as Best Chef: Northwest. Last year Rucker, the founding chef owner of Le Pigeon and Little Bird Bistro, stepped back into the kitchen when the executive chef of Little Bird left the Portland hot spot.

We wish both owner and chefs the best of luck in their nominations, and look forward to another tasty year ahead for them (and our taste buds)!

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