Gregory Gourdet is the trendsetting Executive Chef at Portland's popular pan-Asian restaurant, Departure, located on the roof of the luxury Nines hotel.
GREGORY GOURDET doesnât have his own cooking show on television, but heâs 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 âbest ofâ 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 âChef of the Yearâ 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 Bravoâs hit series Top Chef in 2015. 1859 Magazine hired celebrity entertainment and portrait photographer Andy Batt to create this fantastic image of the chef in his rooftop garden.