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 Competitors
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.
Private Chef, Chef's Table
Jonathan Hoffman graduated from Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona. After school he moved back to his home state of Oregon and has been living on the beautiful north coast ever since. In his free time Jonathan enjoys carving ice and wood, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Jonathan’s favorite style of cooking is one that utilizes fire, the local farms, fisherman and foragers. Jonathan Hoffman is a Private Chef, residing in Cannon Beach and specializes in customized meals including: personal cooking classes, beach fire BBQ’s and multi-course plated.
Executive Chef, Tapalaya
Born in New Orleans where she lived with her Vietnamese family, Chef Anh Luu experienced a melding of culinary cultures early in her childhood. She grew up with the flavors of Southeast Asia from her parents’ cooking alongside the classic French, Spanish, Caribbean and African cuisine of New Orleans.
This delicious culinary melange inspired her years later to create the unique Asian-Cajun tapas cuisine that she and owner Chantal Angot introduced at Tapalaya in Portland, Oregon in fall 2014.
Chef Anh recently appeared as a competitor on Food Network's Chopped.
Executive Chef, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro
Chef Sean Whittaker got a taste for the kitchen at the age of 15 growing up in Northern Calfornia. He spent the next 25 years honing his skills in restaurants throughout Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, and Utah.
His passion for cooking and travel took him to several southeast Asian Contries as well as Mexico, Central America, and several islands in the Caribbean.
These travels and his passion for local ingredients, inspire his menus. "Now raising a family, I'm stoked to be living on the North Coast sharing my passions with Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro."
2014 Iron Chef Oregon Winner
Executive Chef, Sunriver Resorts
Chef Travis Taylor started his career with Sunriver Resort in 2002 as a cook at Crosswater Grille, his ambition, creativity and passion for cooking has lead him to multiple promotions and most recently he was promoted to Resort Executive Chef. Chef Taylor brings over 20 years of cooking expertise to his role. He started his cooking career as an apprentice at the Jacksonville Inn in Jacksonville, Oregon. From there he moved to the McCaually House Inn where he was able to experience cooking with produce grown on site. In this position, he realized that it makes sense for chefs to locally source ingredients from the farmers and producers. When he arrived to Sunriver he knew that he had found his professional home, and every day he is inspired by the region's beauty, farms and producers.
From the day he first took a cooking class at age 16, Chef Travis Taylor knew that he had found his calling in life and cooking was what he was born to do. He loves what he does and his passion for cooking comes out in the flavorful tastes of each and every one of his dishes. His philosophy is simple - buy the best ingredients, create lasting relationships with your producers, be true to the region and seasons, surround yourself with like-minded people and above all, have fun!
When Travis isn't in the kitchen, he can be found running on the beautiful trails in Bend with his fiancée.
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