Photo Credit: Jones Oliver

Photo Credit: Jones Oliver


Iron Chef Oregon is the premier culinary competition featuring some of Oregon’s finest chefs. Each chef will have an identical kitchen, tools and pantry. Each chef will have thirty minutes to plan, prepare and plate a delectable entrée for the 3-judge panel of experts. Each chef will have no idea what the “secret ingredients” are until they are unveiled at the beginning of the competition for all to see. The secret ingredients must be used in preparing the dish.

The chefs will race the clock and each other to create a masterpiece on stage in front of the audience, commentators and judges. Our emcee for the competition will interview the chefs, judges and commentators while the food flies with the action on stage. Oregon grown and raised specialties will be featured in identical pantries the chefs will have available for their use during the competition. At the end of the thirty minute competition, the chefs will present their creations to each judge.

Friday, August 7th
     Round 1: Chef Jonathan Hoffman (Cannon Beach) vs. Chef James Williams (Ashland)
     Round 2: Chef Anh Luu (Portland) vs. Chef Sean Whittaker (Astoria)
Saturday, August 8th
     Semi Final: Round 1 Winner vs. Round 2 Winner
     Final: Semi Final Winner vs. Chef Travis Taylor of Sunriver Resorts (Bend)

2015 Iron Chef Oregon Winner

James Williams

Omar’s Fresh Seafood and Steaks

James began washing dishes and moved his way up to Sous Chef.  He graduated at the top of his class from Western Culinary in Portland. 

He has worked at the Portland Golf Club and while there, he qualified for the Oregon Culinary Team and competed in the 1992 Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany.  He received a silver medal. 

He has worked as executive Sous Chef at Timberline Lodge, owned his own restaurant at Crooked River Ranch and is now Executive Chef and co-owner of Omar’s. 

In 2007,  he won first place at the Bite of the Rogue Valley and 2nd place at the 1st annual Ashland Culinary Festival.  In 2014, James won the 8th annual Ashland Culinary Festival, against 11 other chefs and took the Top Chef 2014 title.

Thank you to our 2015 Iron Chef Oregon competitors:

2014 Iron Chef Oregon Winner Travis Taylor - Sunriver Resorts in Bend, OR

Chef Jonathan Hoffman - Chef's Table in Cannon Beach, OR

Chef Anh Lu - Tapalaya in Portland, OR

Chef Sean Whittaker - Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro in Astoria, OR




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