Maya Lovelace

Chef, Owner
Maya Lovelace


About Maya Lovelace

Maya Lovelace is bringing Southern flavors and soulful storytelling to Portland, OR. After tours in the legendary kitchens of Sean Brock and Naomi Pomeroy, she followed her heart back to the flavors of her North Carolina home, schooling Portland with generous 10-course Southern Appalachian feasts at Mae. After three years as an award winning pop-up (Eater Young Gun 2016, Eater PDX Chef of the Year 2016, JBFA Rising Star semifinalist 2017 and 2018, Zagat National 30 under 30 2017, StarChefs rising star 2018) Maya is finally opening a brick and mortar location with Yonder, a Southern meat & three with Portland charm, coming this year to Northeast Portland.

My Venues

  • Mae
    5027 NE 42nd Ave
    Portland, OR


  • Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee
    James Beard Foundation

Where I Go Out

Behind the Scenes

🌰 Dotorimuk muchim - marinated
"🌰 Dotorimuk muchim - marinated acorn jelly with @4illus little gems and fresh onion, cucumber, scallion, snap peas, put-gochu (mild Korean green peppers), homegrown perilla leaves, garlic chives and lots of toasted sesame. Making yourself lunch counts as self-care, I think. This week has been crazy, so I'm doing my best to nourish myself emotionally, mentally and physically. . . . . . . #도토리묵무침"
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@creme_fraiche I am
"@creme_fraiche I am consistently so inspired by your work ❤️❤️❤️ thank you. I put a million filters on this picture because it was so dark - I'm sorry it its true beauty is a bit muddled. Help me fill in the blanks - shiso, tonka, cherry, herbs, and? . . . . . . #eeeeeats"
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One of my favorite dishes
"One of my favorite dishes we've ever done here, and one I'm sad to see leave the menu - @blacksheepcreamco fresh sheep's milk cheese. Goodbye, spring... 🌱💔🌱💔🌱 . . . . . . #ladychef"
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When the shadow becomes the
"When the shadow becomes the subject 🌹🌹🌹🌹 Rose mocha with housemade nut milk - afternoon snack post budget meeting. @maepdx are on their way, folks. But first, coffee. . . . . . . #imbibe"
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Still singing in my head
"Still singing in my head 🌸🐚🌸 Thanks to @willowsinn for welcoming us into your home on the first night of the season. Truly a beautiful place and a beautiful experience, a gorgeous expression of terroir and spirit. We wanted to make sure we got back before the restaurants open, and I'm so happy we could make it happen. Missing Lummi already 💗 . . . . . . #bonappetitmag"
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In bed, trying to sleep,
"In bed, trying to sleep, dreaming of mandu & soondubu jigae. Hard to believe it's been almost a year since our trip to Korea. Wish I'd bought the other set of round-trip tickets I tried to buy before we even came home. 🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷 . . . . . . #koreatown"
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At My Venues