Chef / Owner

Vitaly Paley


The critically-acclaimed chef, accomplished restaurateur, and noted cookbook author Vitaly Paley has cemented his place as a leader in the American culinary scene. Through his award-winning food, unmatched creativity, and superior technique, Vitaly has been recognized as a trailblazer in the fast-growing Portland, Oregon food community. With some 25 years’ experience, a 2005 James Beard Award for ‘Best Chef Pacific Northwest,” and a 2011 victory on Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef America” under his belt, the Russian-born and French-trained Paley believes cooking is as much about soul-searching and mood as it is about rigorous technique and repetition. As the chef and co-owner of Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar, and now, Imperial and the Portland Penny Diner, Chef Paley has been instrumental in defining regional Northwest cuisine with his delightful preparations of local, sustainably-grown ingredients, resulting in perfectly executed seasonal dishes.

Chef Paley is recognized in national media outlets including Saveur Magazine’s “Top 100,” The New York Times and Food & Wine, from appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, and in the pages of Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Wine Enthusiast, GQ, Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Travel & Leisure and Food Arts. Vitaly receives accolades from regional media as well, including The Oregonian, Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, and Wine Press NW. In addition, Vitaly was nominated as a 2012 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef and named the 2011 Portland Rising Stars “Chef Mentor of the Year,” exemplifying his dedication to the culinary community. He has been the feature chef at industry events including dinners for the James Beard Foundation and International Association of Culinary Professionals, while also devoting time to countless national, regional and Portland-based charitable evenings.