3 Reasons to Travel with Gregory Gourdet
Over the past decade, Gregory Gourdet has become one of Portland’s most distinctive and beloved chef personalities, from his ultra-marathoning to inventive cooking. As executive chef, he’s helped turn Departure—an elevated Pan Asian eatery perched on a downtown rooftop—into a spot even the Trail Blazers frequent. His place as a Top Chef finalist in 2015 secured him a spot in the foodie limelight, but that was only the beginning. Join us and Gregory in Mexico for an energized tour of heritage and flavor.
As one of only two Portlanders ever to compete on Top Chef, Gregory wowed the judges and ultimately cooked on his season’s Mexico finale. He studied hard and mastered nuanced dishes like red moles and ancho-tamarind sauces. He’s a guy who likes to dive in and go big.
Gregory’s family is Haitian. So naturally, dinners at home are filled with traditional and delicious Caribbean flavors. He’s cooked Haitian food at pop-up dinners, traveled back to Haiti to cook and recently staged a Haitian dinner at the James Beard House. He’s taking major strides in bringing his culture’s narrative to the food world.
The Next Step
After years of honing his talents at restaurants, Gregory’s next endeavor is opening his own spot in Portland: a wood-fired, globally influenced concept focused on bringing iconic Haitian favorites to life. We can’t wait!