Gregory Gourdet from "Top Chef: Boston" is one of the chefs competing in season 12 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. He is the executive chef of Departure Restaurant + Lounge and lives in Portland, Oregon. He earned his A.O.S. in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institue of America, including an internship with the Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant empire Confirmed. His favorite simple fall dessert recipe is Pears Roasted with Ginger, Black Pepper and Cinnamon, Coconut Ice Cream.

Gregory Gourdet is the trend-setting executive cChef at Portland's popular pan-Asian restaurant, Departure, located on the roof of the luxury Nines hotel. Gourdet was a pre-med student with a Mohawk when he discovered a passion for cooking. The Mohawk stuck with him, but Gourdet made the leap from medicine to menus and secured a coveted internship at the prestigious Jean-Georges Restaurant Empire, eventually working his way up to Sous Chef at Jean-Georges. Later, as Chef de Cuisine at modern Chinese eatery, Restaurant 66, Gourdet cultivated an affinity for the Asian cuisines and flavors for which he is known at Departure.

A dedicated marathon runner, Bikram yoga devotee, and triathlete, Gourdet brings his health-mindedness to the table as well, offering guests the option of delicious gluten-free, vegan, and paleo menus at Departure, in addition to the nightly dinner menu.




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Age: ∼41 years old
Current Residence: Portland, OR


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