Portlander Gourdet finishes 2nd in 'Top Chef' finale

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A very popular competition finished with a tasty meal Wednesday night.

It was the final episode of this season's Top Chef cooking competition and one of the two finalists was from Portland.

Gregory Gourdet is the executive chef at Departure in the Nines Hotel.

He faced Mei Lin, a chef from Los Angeles. In a close matchup of a final four-course meal, Lin topped Gourdet to take the Top Chef title. Gourdet's final meal included an octopus appetizer, a shrimp and chorizo soup, a striped bass dish and short ribs with a homemade mole sauce. He earned high praise from the judges as he has all season, but not quite enough to top Lin.

Throughout the show's season, Gourdet helped to keep Portland on the map.

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Doug Adams, also of Portland, finished third this season.

He's the Chef de Cuisine at Portland's Imperial restaurant. Adams assisted Gourdet in Wednesday's finale of cooking.

"It was so fun. It was such an amazing opportunity to represent Portland and be in a culinary competition at that level. I met some amazing people. It was just a blast, it was very, very fun," said Adams.

Adams said he'd always known about Gourdet's cooking skills.

But after the show, the two are now close friends.

Their goal the whole time: represent Portland well.

"That was kind of me and Gregory's plan from the beginning. But, it's a funny plan because it's like 'yeah we want Portland to be at the end but I still want to beat you' you know? I'm super proud to see him go all the way," said Adams.

The chefs competed for a $125,000 prize, a feature in Food and Wine magazine, and the Top Chef title.

The finale aired Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Bravo.


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