Chefs, farmers, food artisans, breadmakers and other dreamers are crafting a healthier, sustainable food system in Oregon with each passing season. Throughout the year competitions pop up to give Oregon top chefs and culinary teams a chance to show off their talents. Here’s a rundown on the chefs who were crowned the best in 2017 and the eateries where they currently draw crowds.

Bite of Bend Top Chef 2017 – Steakhouse chef wins with seafood

It takes real talent to win a cooking competition using seafood at the annual Bite of Bend, especially when you’re Chef George Morris, Executive chef  at BOS TAURUS, a steakhouse. He leads the kitchen of this chef driven American steakhouse in the heart of downtown Bend every day using meat sourced from Oregon and around the world. Read more…

Iron Chef Eugene 2017

With his cooking honed at notable Eugene establishments such as Membrillo, Marché, Soubise, and Rabbit, Chef Alejandro Cruz landed in the top spot at Food Scene Eugene’s annual culinary showcase event. He continues to earn raves for his Latin-themed dishes at Eugene’s Novo Latin Table using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and farmers. Read more…

Bite of Oregon Iron Chef 2017

On the heels of back to back Top Chef wins in 2015 and 2016 at the Ashland Culinary Festival, Chef Josh Dorcak brought his foraging and farm to table philosophy to Bite of Oregon and came away the winner. Chef Dorcak can be found at MÄS, his successful pop-up restaurant, where he presents multi-course (6-8 on average) dinners out of the Mix Bakeshop kitchen on the Ashland plaza. Photo credit: The Local Dish Read more…

Ashland Culinary Festival Top Chef 2017

ashland culinary festival top chef 2017

The incomparable Southern Oregon farm-to-table culture added another notch to its growing culinary reputation. The 11th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival named Chef Skye Elder from Brickroom in Ashland as Top Chef 2017, his wild Coho salmon duet giving him the win after four rounds. Photo credit: Graham Lewis. Read more…

Check out this story about other winners of the Ashland Culinary Festival Top Chef competition.