|Born||1975/1976 (age 45–46)|
New York City
|🎓 Alma mater||The Culinary Institute of America|
Gregory Gourdet (born c. 1975) is an American chef of Haitian descent who owns the popup restaurant, Kann. He was previously executive chef and culinary director of Departure at The Nines in Portland, Oregon. He competed on the twelfth and seventeenth (All-Stars LA) seasons of the American reality television series Top Chef. His book, Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health, features gluten-free and Paleo-friendly recipes.
Early life and education
Gourdet served as executive chef and culinary director of Departure at The Nines in Portland, Oregon, and also at Departure in Denver from 2016 to 2019. He opened the Portland popup Kann Winter Village during the COVID-19 pandemic after pushing back plans to open a Haitian restaurant in Portland.
For Top Chef Season 18 in 2021, Gourdet was among the show's veterans who act as diners and rotating judges.
At about the same time, restaurant workers posted social media descriptions of their abusive treatment in Portland restaurants, including "anonymous online accusations that Mr. Gourdet hadn’t done enough to stop harassment and discrimination at both Departure restaurants, and that he didn’t properly credit a pastry chef for her ideas." Gourdet said he had limited power to change things at restaurants he didn't own, and that he "wants to help change the power dynamics in an industry that has mistreated workers for too long."
The New York Times reported that at his Kann Winter Village:
Seven of his newly hired nine-member kitchen staff are people of color; six are women and one is nonbinary. To address concerns over pay imbalances in restaurants, all employees other than managers receive the same salary, and tips are split evenly between the dining room and kitchen staffs.
The book he wrote with J. J. Goode, Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health, was published by Harper Wave Books on May 1, 2021. Publishers Weekly said: "Flavors are balanced, but some chapters feel lopsided, including one with a paltry offering of five dips. More satisfying are recipes involving fermentation (where a funky pine nut mixture stands in for Caesar dressing) and sauces, among them a standout Mexican mole."
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