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Avery Adams nominated for James Beard Foundation Award

The semi-finalists for the 2024 James Beard Awards includes Orcas Island Chef Avery Adams of Matia Kitchen. He was nominated for the Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific. 

Owner/Executive Chef Avery Adams and Owner/General Manager Drew Downing


In a press release from the Orcas Island Chamber of Congress, Adams said, "I am beyond humbled and grateful for the recognition. It has truly been the strength, resourcefulness, compassion, and talent of our team that has made my job and the restaurant possible this year. It's truly their honor too. I am so appreciative for the love and support for Matia and my work."

Matia Kitchen, currently on winter break, is scheduled to reopen February 3. Online reservations open on the first of each month for the next month's bookings. Reservations are open now for February. 

Matia Kitchen will be open from 5 to 9 pm Thursdays thru Saturdays beginning February 3. The restaurant is located at 382 Prune Alley in Eastsound on Orcas Island.

Other semi-finalists for the Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA) include:

  • Avery Adams, Matia Kitchen, Orcas Island, WA
  • Nathan Bentley, Altura Bistro, Anchorage, AK
  • Derek Bray, The Table, Tacoma, WA
  • Kristi Brown, Communion, Seattle, WA
  • Grayson Corrales, MariPili Tapas Bar, Seattle, WA
  • Michael Dodge, Whisky & Ramen, Anchorage, AK
  • Josh Dorcak, Mas, Ashland, OR
  • Gregory Gourdet, kann, Portland, OR
  • Dan Koommoo, Crafted, Yakima, WA
  • Andrew Le, The Pig and the Lady, Honolulu, HI
  • Evan Leichtling, Off Alley, Seattle, WA
  • Matthew Lightner, okta, McMinnville, OR
  • Melissa Miranda, Musang, Seattle, WA
  • Nae Ogawa, natuRe Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
  • Jason Peel, Nami Kaze, Honolulu, HI
  • Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro, Portland, OR
  • Jeff Scheer, Marlow, Pukalani, HI
  • Beau Schooler, In Bocca Al Lupo, Juneau, AK
  • Sheldon Simeon, Tiffany’s, Wailuku, HI
  • Peter Vuong, Ha VL, Portland, OR

Established in 1990 with the first awards given in 1991, the James Beard Awards are among the nation’s most prestigious honors recognizing leaders in the culinary and food media industries, and those in the broader food systems. 


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