Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York, Gregory Gourdet is the child of Haitian immigrants. A self-proclaimed health freak and avid runner, Gourdet views food as nourishment.
After graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, he became chef de cuisine for Jean-Georges Vongerichten, under whom he trained for almost seven years.
In 2008, Gourdet arrived in Portland, Oregon He led the pan-Asian kitchen at Departure for a decade, running one of the busiest restaurants in the state. His annual trips around the world connected him with the flavors and ingredients he loves so much.
He has been named Chef of the Year by Eater and one of the Fittest Chefs in America by Men’s Health. He is also a James Beard Award nominee. His wood-fired Haitian restaurant Kann will opens summer 2021.
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