Meet the Chef: Beau Carr, Executive Chef El Gaucho Portland

Chef Beau Carr is a Portland legend after his 21 years as executive chef at the RingSide Steakhouse and we are thrilled that he has joined the El Gaucho team.

Known for his reputation as a strong kitchen leader and talented chef, Beau Carr joined El Gaucho in August 2019. “I am incredibly proud of my time at the RingSide and grateful for all of the opportunities that came from that. I want to continue to learn and grow as a chef and coming to El Gaucho is exciting for me, personally and professionally,” he says.

Chef Beau was born in North Carolina and grew up in the Columbia Gorge town of White Salmon, WA. He began cooking in high school for cafes in White Salmon and Stevenson WA.

After high school he joined the team in a few major hotel kitchens in Portland and worked his way up the ranks. He decided to pursue a career as an executive chef and attended Western Culinary Institute (now known as Le Cordon Bleu) and graduated in 1990.

“I have learned and been inspired by so many of the chefs and cooks I have worked with over the years and I have tried to adopt those techniques to become the best chef I can be,” he shared. “I love the process of applying cooking technique, flavor development and artistic presentation to create inspired dishes.”

Joining the El Gaucho family came naturally to Beau, especially because he recently married El Gaucho Portland wine captain, Kate Lasley Carr.  He is the father of three daughters and grandfather to two young boys.  He enjoys spending time with his family, especially while boating on the Columbia River.   After 21 years as a steakhouse chef, it’s no surprise that he says beef is his favorite food.


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