Chef Kevin Nashan has been pivotal in putting St. Louis, MO, on the map as a dining destination. The 2017 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Midwest has helmed Sidney Street Cafe for more than a decade. There he crafts dishes with myriad influences, including Spanish, New Mexican, Midwestern, Southern, and French cuisines.

He honed his skills in revered kitchens like Commander’s Palace, Daniel, and Martin Barasategui in San Sebastian, Spain. In August 2014, he opened his second restaurant, The Peacemaker, a lobster and crab shack inspired by the Acadian coastal cuisines of the Northeast and Louisiana. Nashan won the 2013 Cochon 555 Barbecue competition in St. Louis and is a member of chef BBQ team Seersucker Collective. In 2014, he appeared on Esquire Network’s show “Knife Fight.”

He has cooked for President Barack Obama, completed six Iron Man competitions and three Chefs Cycle events benefitting No Kid Hungry, and regularly participates in national food events, including Pebble Beach Food & Wine, The James Beard Celebrity Chef Series, Charleston Wine + Food Festival, and Taste of the NFL in San Francisco.