Gregory Gourdet—‘Top Chef’ finalist, James Beard Award winner, and restaurateur—shares his ideal itinerary for travelers.

Portland at Dusk
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Sunset’s Insider Guide series highlights seasonal diversions and secret travel tips from local experts. Follow along as we learn where to eat, drink, stay, and shop.

Meet the Insider: Gregory Gourdet, chef at Kann and Sousòl 

Gregory Gourdet

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Portland-based Gregory Gourdet is a Top Chef finalist, James Beard Award–winning chef, and founder of the celebrated Haitian fusion restaurant Kann as well as the Caribbean cocktail bar sousòl. He’s also the author of Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health.


Kex Hotel
A king room at the Kex hotel

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Kex has “great access to the Eastside of Portland, and all of the restaurants in the area,” including Gourdet’s Portland hotspot, kann. “The hotel also boasts the newly opened Pacific Standard, an incredible cocktail bar from Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Next door is Ranger Chocolate Co., which has great chocolate and coffee.”


Fermenter Lentil Burger
The lentil burger at Fermenter

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“You have to visit Han Oak for Korean BBQ and karaoke,” says Gourdet. Another must-visit for food lovers is “Fermenter, a vegan shop that focuses on fermented foods, including house-made tempeh and other delicious, fermented vegetables that they incorporate into sandwiches and salads, along with an array of fermented drinks, including kefir and kombucha.”


Filson Fireplace

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Filson has great outdoor-centric rugged wear. They make fantastic items out of wool materials and are also very fashionable. Machus is also one of my favorite stores. It’s a go-to for sporty menswear.” 

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