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 8th
Round 1: Ya Hala (Portland) vs. Porter's (Medford)
Round 2: Sunriver Resorts (Bend) vs. The Original (Portland)
Saturday, August 9th
Semi Final: Round 1 Winner vs. Round 2 Winner
Final: Semi Final Winner vs. Chef Jeff Strom of Koho Bistro
2014 Iron Chef Oregon Winner:
Executive Chef, Sunriver Resorts
Chef Travis Taylor of Sunriver Resort, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, took home the coveted Iron Chef Oregon title during the two-day, three-round event Aug. 8 and 9 in Portland, Ore. Along with Chef Fabrice Beaudoin, also from Sunriver Resort, who assisted as sous chef. Chef Taylor beat out the reigning champion when challenged with the task of incorporating duck breast and dark Oregon cherries into his winning dish. The winning entrée consisted of duck prepared two ways – crispy duck with an apple, arugula and garden vegetable salad with a hazelnut dressing, and pan seared duck with roasted potatoes and a cherry chutney and cherry chipotle puree.
With only 30 minutes to execute each dish and 30 seconds to decide on the culinary concept, Chef Taylor and Chef Beaudoin kept their calm in the high pressure environment while cooking in front of hundreds of spectators.
“It is a huge honor to be recognized within the industry. Sous Chef Fabrice Beaudoin and I had a great time competing with our accomplished peers at Iron Chef Oregon during what proved to be a challenging, fun and completely exhilarating experience,” said Chef Travis Taylor, Executive Chef of Sunriver Resort. “From the day I first took a cooking class at age 16, I knew I had found my calling in life. To be acknowledged for doing what you love is a tremendous gift and I hope to continue creating flavorful and unique dishes at Sunriver Resort for many years to come.”
Sunriver Resort offers a variety of Northwest dining options for every occasion. With an eye for fresh, seasonal ingredients and an imaginative palette, the nine dining outlets led by Chef Taylor feature a wide array of cuisine and create extraordinary culinary moments for their diners. The resort prides itself on utilizing regional farmers and local resources, with rotating menus to reflect the seasonality of key ingredients, including fish, shellfish and other game native to the Pacific Northwest.
“Chef Taylor and his culinary team offer our guests and meeting attendees a world-class dining experience here at Sunriver Resort.” said Tom O’Shea, managing director of Sunriver Resort. “We are so proud that this competition has given Travis the recognition he deserves as one of Oregon’s top chefs.”
To learn more about Sunriver Resort and its nine award-winning restaurants and cafes, please visit www.sunriver-resort.com.
Thank you to our 2014 Iron Chef Oregon competitors:
2012 & 2013 Iron Chef Oregon Winner Jeff Strom - Koho Bistro in Eugene, OR
2013 Portland Iron Chef Winner Mirna Attar - Ya Hala in Portland, OR
2013 Top Chef in Ashland Culinary Festival Winner Dustin Farley - Porter's in Medford and Larks in Ashland
Justin Lee - The Original in Portland, OR