- Publish Date: Aug 6, 2009
Ever think about traveling the world to find your destiny? Well Vitaly Paley did just that. He traveled from Belarus to Oregon, where he was named Best Chef: Pacific Northwest by The James Beard Foundation in 2005.
This Russian-born, French-trained culinary star opened the now famous Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar in Portland in 1995, and it has been consistently ranked in national top 100 restaurant lists since. He has also written a beautiful cookbook called The Paley’s Place Cookbook.
Of wine he says, “It was love at first sight.” Granted that was when he tasted his grandfather’s cherry wine when he was a kid. But he has become very passionate about wine since then. When asked about his favorite varietals he says “Burgundy…Pinot Noir. It is so unpredictable, elegant, boisterous, tenacious, and…feminine.”
Paley’s favorite restaurants beside his own are St. John and Fat Duck in London. So – from Belarus to Europe and finally to Portland – clearly he has traversed the world in search of his destiny…and found it.
Like a winemaker or painter, it's clear that Vitaly is passionate about his craft--be sure to read more about how he describes his cuisine or where he spent a romantic evening with a very nice bottle of rosé Champagne.