Even the shorthand version of Vitaly Paley's life sounds dramatic. Piano prodigy in his native Russia. Student at Juilliard in the U.S. Opts for the cooking life by switching to the French Culinary Institute. Top jobs at Union Square Cafe and Chanterelle. A year in France at two-Michelin-star Au Moulin de la Gorce. Then on to Portland, OR, to open Paley's Place, where he wins a James Beard Award for Best Chef/Northwest in 2005. That's where you'll find him and wife Kimberly today, ...

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