Vitaly Paley

Chef Vitaly Paley

Chef and restaurateur Vitaly Paley is known for restaurants Imperial, Headwaters, The Crown, and Rosa Rosa in Portland, Oregon. He won the 2005 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest/Hawaii for Paley's Place Bistro & Bar, which impacted Portland's culinary scene for 25 years.


Born in Russia, raised in New York City, and trained in French culinary techniques, chef and restaurateur Vitaly Paley apprenticed in France at two-Michelin-starred Au Moulin de la Gorce and gained experience in New York City at prominent restaurants Union Square Café, Remi, and Chanterelle.

He and his wife moved to Portland, Oregon, and grew a restaurant group based on the farm-to-table practice they'd learned in France. Vitaly and Kimberly Paley opened Paley's Place in 1995 and Imperial in 2012; began Russian pop-up series DaNet in 2014; and debuted Headwaters in 2016, complete with Russian tea parties.

Opened in 2017, The Crown was his ode to New York City pizza, and Rosa Rosa served European fare in the Dossier Hotel from 2019 to 2020.

Paley published The Paley's Place Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Pacific Northwest in 2008 and won Iron Chef America season 9 in 2011.


Paley left Juilliard to attend the French Culinary Institute.

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