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Cathy Whims

Executive Chef

Cathy Whims, former executive chef at Genoa restaurant in Portland, Oregon has been serving classic Italian fare to Portland diners for years. In the course of her professional career, Cathy has studied with Marcella and Victor Hazan at their home in Venice, with Madeleine Kamman at the highly respected School for American Chefs, and with Giancinto Albarello in his own kitchen at the Antica Torre Trattoria in Barbaresco, a renowned restaurant of the Langhe. Her extensive travels throughout Italy where she meets with chefs, restaurateurs, wine producers, distillers and artisan producers bring Cathy close to the heart of Italian cooking. Nostrana, a rustic Italian restaurant, opened its doors with Whims as executive chef and received The Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year in 2006.