St. Louis is slowly no longer becoming a “secret foodie town” nor a “hidden gem."
Several restaurants and chefs once again made the highly coveted list of the James Beard Federation semifinalists.
While they only represent a fraction of what makes the city so tasty, here’s a look behind why these six restaurants, chefs were nominated for this year’s JBF.
ASHLEY SHELTON | Sardella, Pastaria – Best Chef (Midwest)
Leading the kitchens at famed (and JBF-awarded) restaurateur Gerard Craft’s Clayton outposts, Sardella and Pastaria, isn’t a job to take lightly—but the 28-year-old St. Louis native says that does not mean she has to take herself too seriously, either.
For more information, visit: http://NicheSTLGroup.com
MICHAEL AND TARA GALLINA | Vicia – Best New Restaurant
Owners Tara and Michael Gallina say they are not surprised their vegetal and ever-changing menu is appealing to Midwest foodies, but they’re working to avoid a sophomore slump after getting so much national attention within their first year of opening.
For more information, visit: http://Viciarestaurant.com
MIKE RANDOLPH | Privado, Publico – Best Chef (Midwest)
Perfecting Privado, adjacent to his other Delmar Loop staple Publico, has been a months-long process for Randolph. While it’s open only on weekends with very limited seating, the three-time JBF honored chef says the opportunities are limitless.
For more information, visit: http://PrivadoSTL.com
VINCE BOMMARITO JR. | TONY’S – Outstanding Service
The “Hospitality Mentality” sign on the kitchen wall at this downtown Italian staple is just as important as any ingredient you’ll find on the shelves.
For more information, visit: http://tonysStLouis.com
LONA LUO | Lona's Lil Eats – Best Chef (Midwest)
Luo had no idea what it meant to be nominated for a JBF award. Now that she knows it’s a big deal, she’s just going to keep trying her own food (between accepting all the congratulations).
For more information, visit: http://LonasLilEats.com
BEN GRUPE | Elaia – Best Chef (Midwest)
The menu at his flagship restaurant, Elaia pays homage to classic cooking while inspiring you to find a new favorite.
For more information, visit: http://Elaiastl.com