Vitaly Paley

Vitaly Paley


About Vitaly Paley

Portland Chef and Restaurateur Vitaly Paley is both a leader and a trailblazer in the American culinary scene. With a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Pacific Northwest and a win on Food Network’s Iron Chef America under his belt, the Russian-born, New York City-raised and French-trained chef has been instrumental in defining regional Northwest cuisine. While he was destined to become a world-class pianist, Vitaly took a different path – one that led him to work in the kitchens of fine New York City restaurants, including Union Square Café and Chanterelle. Intrigued by the possibilities and bounty of the Pacific Northwest, Vitaly and his wife and partner Kimberly Paley set their sights on Portland and left New York City in 1994. Shortly thereafter, Vitaly and Kimberly opened Paley’s Place, where they became known for their perfectly-executed dishes highlighting local farmers. In 2012, Vitaly opened Imperial in downtown Portland, where he also launched his popular Russian pop-up dinner series DaNet, celebrating the cuisine of his childhood. In October 2016, Vitaly and Kimberly opened Headwaters inside the historic Heathman Hotel, a restaurant focused on sustainable seafood, and revived the iconic tea court, where they host a weekly Russian Tea experience. Most recently, in 2017, Vitaly opened The Crown, a bar serving New York-style pizzas inspired by his adoration for the city.

My Venues


  • Best Chef: Northwest
    James Beard Foundation
  • Nominee for Outstanding Chef
    James Beard Foundation
  • Saveur 100
    Saveur magazine
  • Winner
    Iron Chef America
  • Co-author
    The Paley's Place Cookbook
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Portland

Where I Go Out

At My Venues