So who IS cooking at IFBC tonight? Matt Christianson is!

Matt Christianson likes working with his hands, hanging out with his sons and, of course, cooking. He is the Executive at Urban Farmer—downtown Portland’s modern steakhouse in downtown—and he’s proud to participate in the Taste of Oregon and Gourmet Fair, an exclusive International Food Bloggers Conference tasting session put on by the online culinary encyclopedia, Foodista.com, and by Zephyr Adventures, trip planners for the nation’s intrepid travelers, hikers, bikers, inline skaters and eaters.

But what’s he like, really? Meaning who is he and what inspires him?

Read on to find out.

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What is your favorite ingredient? Flour.

If you were to make a bumper sticker, what would it say? “REALLY?!”

Beatles or Stones? Beatles.

What is your favorite Portland food truck? The Brunch Box.

Automobile, bike, bus or foot? Car.

Which genre of music would score your life, and why? Bluegrass, reggae and rock.

What is your secret talent? Juggling.

What do you put on hotdogs? Ketchup. That’s it.

On his IFBC menu: gluten-free Summer Tomato Gazpacho (seasoned with lime salt and with shrimp) and House Bacon with Maque Choux (a sort of Cajun summer salad comprised of corn, green peppers, onions and tomatoes), all drizzled with a bourbon caramel sauce

The Taste of Oregon and Gourmet Fair takes place from 7-9pm on Friday, August 24, at the Portland DoubleTree.