Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon in Portland, Ore., was honored as Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation on Monday at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The award kicked off a gala evening of what many consider to be the most prestigious chef awards in the industry. The event attracted some 2,000 attendees. In a process reminiscent of the Academy Awards for film, nominees for the Beard awards and recipients of honorary recognitions — such as ...

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