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John Gorham is the culinary driver behind iconic Portland restaurants Toro BravoTasty N Sons, and the highly anticipated Tasty N Alder. Gorham has worked in such influential kitchens as the Citron restaurant and Chez Panisse in San Francisco and was a partner in the opening of Viande Meats & Sausage and Simpatica Supper Club in Portland. This fall, John's imprint moves to the literary realm with the release of "The Toro Bravo Cookbook: The Making, Breaking and Riding of a Bull," published by McSweeney’s. John has two daughters and is married to the love of his life, Renee.

Restaurateur John Gorham. Credit: David L. Reamer

It started on Facebook. One day my newsfeed was filled with chefs and bartenders asking for votes. It was the end of the year,