Chef and Author
For Gregory Gourdet — a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, a James Beard Award nominee and finalist in the television series Top Chef — life is a balancing act. “Life is just so unpredictable,” says Gourdet. “I have my hand in so many different projects. Cooking has allowed me to do so many different things. From feeding those with less, to writing cookbooks to doing tv.” Gourdet, originally from Queens — the multicultural epicenter of New York City — wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love waking up at different times every day and having different things to do.” These days, those things include working on his first cookbook, Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health, as well as his first restaurant, Kann, a wood-fired Haitian concept inspired by his own heritage. Both projects are slated for 2021.