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February 18, 2015 at 12:40 PM

And the Seattle-area semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard awards are…

James Beard Rising Star Chef semifinalist Jay Blackinton last summer at his almost ridiculously picturesque restaurant, Hogstone’s Wood Oven on Orcas. (Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times) …pretty much exactly who you’d expect, though with a bit of a wild card Pacific Northwest contender for Rising Star Chef of the Year: Jay Blackinton of Hogstone’s Wood Oven on…

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July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Orcas Island’s farmer-chef

Jay Blackinton on the front porch of Hogstone's Wood Oven on Orcas Island. Photo: The Seattle Times

Jay Blackinton on the front porch of Hogstone’s Wood Oven on Orcas Island. Photo: Maddie Meyer/The Seattle Times

More than a few disaffected youths have found fulfillment through hard work and a lot of them end up in restaurant kitchens. Jay Blackinton’s path to the kitchen at Hogstone’s Wood Oven, the Orcas Island restaurant he co-owns with John Steward, founder of Maple Rock Farm, took him first through the fields.

I met Blackinton when I had dinner at Hogstone on a recent eating tour of Orcas Island, chronicled this coming Sunday in The Seattle Time’s travel section. The 26-year-old’s fingers are inked below the knuckles with letters that read “So it goes” when he puts his fists together, remnants of an early infatuation with Kurt Vonnegut. His emails sign off with the 19th century socialist epigram: “The plough is a better backbone than the factory.”

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