Today we sat down with Chef Gordon Naccarato, a native Tacoma son who found fame in LA and Aspen and then returned to Tacoma to open several successful Tacoma restaurants with partners including Pacific Grill, Smoke + Cedar, and Shake Shake Shake. Gordon is food famous outside of Tacoma- in addition to being noted as one of the “10 best chefs” by Food & Wine Magazine for many years his restaurant, GORDON’S, in Aspen, Colorado, was considered the “Best Place to eat Between the Coasts.” (NY TIMES)
Gordon tells us his story of how he went from being a law student to line cook and eventually being a chef to the stars. Gordon shares his insights into the challenges of opening and running a restaurant today- and what it takes to make a restaurant successful in Tacoma and beyond.
Pacific Grill – Gordon’s first restaurant in Downtown Tacoma
Smoke + Cedar – Gordon’s newest restaurant at Allenmore Golf Course in Central Tacoma
Shake Shake Shake – Gordon’s brother’s restaurant
Check out other episodes of the Move to Tacoma Podcast:
001 – Commute Hacks with Justin Camarata
002 – Tacoma is not Portland North with Erik Hanberg