“I’m proud to be one of the first Dallas chefs to embrace the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN mission of promoting the products, culture and communities of the Lone Star State. With more than 20 years in the restaurant business in Texas, I’ve been using wild-caught Texas brown shrimp for a long time. It's great quality and has a wonderful flavor, almost sweet, and being local is a big plus!”
In a market with a “bigger is better” outlook, Gorji has kept it simple. He will soon celebrate 10 years at the helm of his intimate, award-winning 10-table restaurant in Addison/Dallas. That’s a milestone for any chef. To Gorji, local restaurant critics and diners, it’s a victory for working chefs everywhere who strive to make every meal a memorable dining experience. D magazine calls Canary By Gorji one of the most underrated restaurants in Dallas, “When Gorji isn’t at a market buying fresh ingredients, he is in his kitchen creating unique dishes… He will dazzle your taste buds and your heart.”
Gorji's cuisine is upscale, modern cooking based on quality ingredients, minimal spices and abbreviated cooking times to bring out the natural flavor of food. As a GO TEXAN partner, he incorporates a “Texas twist” into his “new Mediterranean menu” with such dishes as ribeye steak with pomegranate creme sauce, pan-fried catfish and barbecued veal ribs. His latest GO TEXAN feature is an “8-ball” zucchini squash stuffed with wild-caught Texas brown shrimp.
He is a past winner of the famous Texas Steak Cookoff in Hico (2004, 2005) and has been voted DFW Best by readers of The Dallas Morning News. His recipes have been featured in Texas Monthly, D Home, D Magazine, Modern Luxury, Fort Worth Star Telegram and The Dallas Morning News, among others. He also has an instructional DVD, “Cooking With Gorji,” and is completing a cookbook.
Gorji Gourmet Foods®—Pomodoro and Puttanesca Sauces, Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Dipping Oil & Marinade Primer and Spicy Remoulade—are available at the restaurant, DFW Whole Food Markets® and gourmet stores in the Dallas area, such as Jimmy’s Food Store or online at Artizone.com and www.gorjigourmetfoods.com