Portland’s own Gregory Gourdet is hopping back in the spotlight: Next year, the Departure culinary director will return to Bravo’s competitive cooking show Top Chef, where he almost won it all just a few years ago.
This season will be an “all-stars” season, which means all 15 competitors are former contestants from previous seasons of the show. Gourdet first appeared on Top Chef during season 12, when he competed alongside Bullard chef Doug Adams. The two Portland chefs made it into the top three, but Nightshade chef Mei Lin ended up winning the season. The new season — which premieres Thursday, March 19 — will take place in Los Angeles.
Gourdet has been in the news a lot in 2019: The chef snagged a cookbook deal this spring, and just a few weeks ago, he announced plans to open a restaurant. Looks like Eater Portland was far more literal than anticipated when calling him “one to watch in 2020.”
• Top Chef [Official]
• Top Chef Boston Finale: Show Me the Mole [Eater]
• The Biggest Portland Restaurant World Winners of 2019 [EPDX]
• Departure Chef Gregory Gourdet Inks Major Cookbook Deal [PoMo]
• ‘Top Chef’ Finalist Gregory Gourdet Will Finally Open His Own Restaurant [EPDX]
• Previous Departure coverage [EPDX]