The latest in fun from Portland Oregon photographer Nicolle Clemetson.

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 ChefWhen 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.)

I. CAN’T. EVEN.  Such a good day. (Squee!)  Thanks @kyle_maclachlan 👍
I. CAN’T. EVEN.  Such a good day. (Squee!)  Thanks @kyle_maclachlan 👍

I. CAN’T. EVEN.
Such a good day. (Squee!)
Thanks @kyle_maclachlan 👍

Some of this, some of that.
Some of this, some of that.

Some of this, some of that.

APNEA.
Another from my test shoot with Apnea (@apneatic) for Purrfect Pineapples™ lingerie.
HAWT.
APNEA.
Another from my test shoot with Apnea (@apneatic) for Purrfect Pineapples™ lingerie.
HAWT.

APNEA.

Another from my test shoot with Apnea (@apneatic) for Purrfect Pineapples™ lingerie.

HAWT.

A sign of things to come….
#badassbabes  (at District Collective)
A sign of things to come….
#badassbabes  (at District Collective)

A sign of things to come….
#badassbabes (at District Collective)

Pink Ball Party.
More Fun with Still Life™
Pink Ball Party.
More Fun with Still Life™

Pink Ball Party.

More Fun with Still Life™

I LOVE YOUR WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALLLLLLLL CAPS LEVEL!

Awww shit! Thanks Chase! You’re the nicest!!!

NOODLES.

Test shoot with Apnea (@apneatic) for Purrfect Pineapples™ lingerie.

Third in the series.

VENTI.

Test shoot with Apnea (@apneatic) for Purrfect Pineapples™ lingerie. Second in a series of three.

DOUBLE GULP.

Test shoot with Apnea for Purrfect Pineapples™ lingerie. First in a series of three. Stay tuned!

Mind is blown. The best story teller and love song writer, ever. #nickcave (at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
Mind is blown. The best story teller and love song writer, ever. #nickcave (at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)

Mind is blown. The best story teller and love song writer, ever. #nickcave (at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)

Here’s another throwback- BBQ style!
Here’s another throwback- BBQ style!

Here’s another throwback- BBQ style!

Happy Fourth Ya’ll!
Have fun and be safe.
Happy Fourth Ya’ll!
Have fun and be safe.

Happy Fourth Ya’ll!

Have fun and be safe.

Stop Staring (Don’t Stop).
Fun with Still Life
Stop Staring (Don’t Stop).
Fun with Still Life

Stop Staring (Don’t Stop).

Fun with Still Life