Gregory Gourdet

Chef
Gregory Gourdet

Portland

About Gregory Gourdet

Gregory Gourdet is the culinary mastermind behind Departure restaurants in Portland, OR and Denver, CO, where he pairs local bounty with the bold flavors and traditions of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea to create modern Asian fare. A Queens native who honed his culinary skills within celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant dynasty, the foundation of his cooking is based on technique-driven preparations layered with flavor complexity.

Accolades

  • Finalist
    Top Chef
  • Nominee for The People's Best Chef
    Food & Wine/CNN Eatocracy
  • Contestant
    Extreme Chef
  • Hottest Hotel Rooftop Bars
    Travel + Leisure magazine
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Portland
  • Best Chef: Northwest Nominee, 2018
    James Beard Foundation

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Spicy carrot & avocado salad
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Asian, Southwest Portland
"I ate this on a winter date with my wife, CJ; it felt like summer in the garden, tasted like fun, and we had a blast! Chef Gregory Gourdet specializes in vegetarian cuisine, and this is one of his standouts, with the contrasting textures and flavors of carrots, avocado, pickled cucumbers, and sourdough croutons."
Foie gras “GG”
Foie gras “GG”
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Asian, Southwest Portland
"Peking duck glazed foie gras, seven spice roasted duck. Cucumber XO SALAD. Kumquat and a honey mirin peanut butter!!! This year a lot of us we and ate the Peking duck dinner @departurepdx by chef @gg30000 and damn it was good. Greg and I have been running a lot this year and he was nice enough to share his secret recipe with me for some inspiration. This is what I love about the portland restaurant scene. We share, we inspire and we lift each other up"
Roasted Peking Duck with Kumquats
Roasted Peking Duck with Kumquats
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Asian, Southwest Portland
"#dinner Thank you to the entire crew of @departurepdx for another great dinner this year! I had to do it before leaving on #vacation . I’m looking forward to #breakfast in the am! #pdx #chefslife #christmas #duck #pdxeats #kumquat #duckfat #friedrice"
The Departure Duck
The Departure Duck
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Asian, Southwest Portland
"8 years ago I was tasked with creating a large, celebratory dish for @departurepdx. I dug into some techniques I picked up from the Chinese staff I worked with back in NYC. A little testing and research and somewhere between roast duck and peking duck the Departure Duck was born. A Maple Leaf duck, cured in 7 spice overnight, blanched in honey and Chinese wine and air dried for 4 days, roasted and glazed with more honey daily to match orders, a few extra prepared for walk ins. The duck is presented to you whole, then taken back to the kitchen and carved by a chef and served with candied kumquats, hoisin, 7 spice cherry sauce, scallions, cucumber and pancakes to wrap everything in. We then take all the duck trim from the carcass and make fried rice with the duck fat and offal. 🤤The duck technique has never changed. We have only added to the experience by adding Duck Broth to start and Duck Fat Ice Cream to end to respect and utilize 100% of the duck. This year we add a spicy house made shellfish and scallion XO. Each duck experience takes 10 cooks and a chef to get to your table. It consumes our life all December and we love it. The order and process chart is nuts and we work with @nicky.usa very closely to stay up on product timeline. Family and friends have made this an annual tradition. People have started eating the whole thing by themselves at the bar. 😳This is just as big of a tradition for you as it is for us. 24 hour pre-order required. Hope you can join us in December. If I can’t say hi it’s cause I’m carving ducks all night. 😅 . . . #duckmonth #departuresholidayduck #roastduck #pekingduck #departurepdx #departureden #traditions #pdxeats #happyholidays #2018 #pickupduck 🦆✨"
At my venues
SMORES CONE
SMORES CONE
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Asian, Southwest Portland
"Toasted Coconut Burnt Marshmallow Ice Cream, Chocolate Magic Shell. Vegan and gluten free. Ice Cream for all.🍦🙌🏾✨ . . . #smores #icecream #pdxeats #summereats #summertreats #toasty #vegan #glutenfree #departurepdx 🥥🍫🔥✨"
At my venues