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Local Chefs of Greater Des Moines

Hear why local chefs set up shop in Greater Des Moines. Find out how a zombie-themed burger joint came to life and then became a staple of the city. Learn from those who made the food scene in Greater Des Moines delicious. Whether you are looking for a James Beard Nominee or someone who can make the juiciest burger you ever devoured, you can catch an eclectic mix of culinary creators in Greater Des Moines.

 

JAMES BEARD NOMINATED CHEFS

Joe Tripp – Alba – 2016, 2017 – Semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest

Joe Tripp Harbinger – 2018, 2019 - Semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest

Sean Wilson – Proof – 2015, 2014, 2013 – semi-finalist for Best Chef: Midwest

Nic Gonwa – Eatery A – 2015 – Rising Star of the Year

George Formaro – 2013, 2014 – Outstanding Restauranteur – 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 – Best Chef: Midwest; 2014 Best New Restaurant Django, National Category

Phil Shires – Café di Scala (Now Aposto) – 2014 Best Chef: Midwest

David Baruthio – Baru 66 – 2011 Best New Restaurant Semi Finalist - 2013 - Semifinalist for Best Chef:Midwest

Tony Lemmo – Café di Scala (Now Aposto) – Best Chef: Midwest 2014

Enosh Kelley – Bistro Montage – 2009 - Semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest

Stephen Logsdon – Lucca – 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 – Semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest

Joe Logsdon – La Mie Bakery - 2010 – Semifinalist for Outstanding pastry chef

Jason Simon – Alba – 2011 – Semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest 

Carly Groben – Proof – 2010 – Semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year

Andrew Meek – Sage – 2008– Semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest