Departure chef Gregory Gourdet for 1859 Magazine
GREGORY GOURDET doesn’t have his own cooking show on television, but he’s as close to a celebrity as a chef can get. In the past four years, the 41-year-old, who lives and works in Portland, has been on the “best of” chef radar for the Northwest food scene. His innovative use of local ingredients at Departure, where he is the executive chef, has earned him accolades including “Chef of the Year” from the Oregon Department of Agriculture in 2013 and Eater Portland in 2014. e James Beard Foundation named him a semi nalist for Best Chef: Northwest and he took runner-up on season twelve of Bravo’s hit series Top Chef in 2015. 1859 Magazine hired authentic portrait and environmental photographer Andy Batt to create this fantastic image of the chef in his rooftop garden.