Portland Chefs are Killing It.
And I’ve had the pleasure of photographing these fabulous three:
Gregory Gourdet x Departure
Just announced yesterday- this insanely-talented Portland chef will be starring on the next season (12) of Bravo’s Top Chef! When the soft-spoken New York native took over the Nines hotel’s astro-sleek 15th-floor restaurant in 2010, it was better known for its hard-partying bridge-and-tunnel singles scene than for its eats. In three years, he’s turned the dining room into a lively hub for creative, pan-Asian cuisine, a spot where Oregon’s produce, meats, and seafood are transmuted into bold yet comforting dishes that sizzle and pop with the big, bright flavors of chile, lime, and ginger.
Nong Poonsukwattana x Nong’s Kao Man Gai
Nong is not easily intimidated. She’s climbed her way to the top of Portland’s food cart scene—her cooking savvy stretches way beyond khao man gai, her one-dish wonder—and not least, she’s a humble hero who simply melts hearts. Watching her win on Food Network’s Chopped last night was a joy, as she deserved every bit of that win for her quick thinking and amazing palette.
Kristen Murray x Måurice Luncheonette
The eclectic downtown sweets haven Maurice has crushed worthy kitchens from New York to California and just this week emerged as #9 on Bon Appétit’s list of the nation’s Top 10 new places to eat in 2014.
(All portraits shot for Portland Monthly magazine by Nicolle Clemetson; excerpts taken from corresponding articles and interviews.)