Doug earned fans across America as a finalist on season 12 of Top Chef with humble beginnings and creative energy. Born in East Texas, Adams spent time in Montana before moving to Portland where he began his fine-dining career. He currently works under James Beard award winning Chef Vitaly Paley’s mentorship and tutelage at Imperial and Portland Penny Diner where he was recently named Executive Chef. Doug won eater PDX's Chef of the Year and Willamette Week's restaurant of the Year in 2015.