Meet Chef Gerard Craft, a four-time James Beard Award finalist and standard-setting star chef working in St. Louis. Gerard is serving some of the best food in the Midwest, including contemporary American cuisine at Niche, classic French food at Brasserie, casual plates at Taste and classic Italian cuisine at the brand-new Pastaria. Tune in to this special interview as he explains how he found his way to culinary greatness and what advantages and challenges come along with cooking in the region around St. Louis, MO. This program was sponsored by Paradise Locker Meats.

“St Louis has harsh climates. I think that lifestyle makes for humble ingredients, because you can’t grow little precious things all the time.” [10:00]

“All this niche stuff and fancy food comes with pressure to be the best. We’re just making good food that makes people happy at Pastaria.”[23:00]

–chef Gerard Craft on