Market Chef : Leather Storrs
Noble Rot chef Leather Storrs is a Portland cheffing rarity : he’s actually an Oregon native! While we love our PDX transplants, it’s pretty fun to celebrate a home town boy once in a while. He left the state briefly for school; to pursue a BA at the University of Colorado and then later to get a culinary degree at the famed Culinary Institute of America in New York’s Hudson Valley. From there, it was back to the west coast where he landed in some of the best kitchens in the world, from Chez Panisse to The French Laundry, absorbing both their local, seasonal ethos and exacting, precise techniques.
In 1999, he found his way back to Portland, where he took a position at Portland’s classic Bijou cafe. Just three years later, he opened Noble Rot with his then-fiancee (now wife) Courtney and her friend, Kim. With a thoughtful wine list and crave-worth menu (remember that infamous onion tart?) received raves from local and national press. Some may remember that Storrs left Noble Rot in 2006 to try his hand at running his own restaurant, Rocket. While it was a worthy effort, the experience taught him that Noble Rot was where he truly belonged, and is now back in the saddle, “ wiser, happier and humbler”.
We’re thrilled to have him in our Chef Demo hot seat this coming Sunday and can’t wait to see what he does with all of the fabulous autumnal produce that has begun to roll in! See you at the Market!