"I obviously brought my wife up here," Garrelts said to start his acceptance speech, gesturing to his wife, pastry chef and co-owner Megan. "She's more the reason I'm up here than I am."
The first of several planned area eateries from Red Door Restaurants, a newly formed restaurant group that also counts Gary Zancanelli and Jason Gleaton among its partners, will open in Leawood's Camelot Court at 11851 Roe. The Red Door Grill is expected to open in mid-May.
"I have faith and confidence in Charlie," Watson says. "In the long term, I just saw myself growing and doing my own thing. This is really about me wanting to do my own thing."
"I'm sad to see [Debbie] go, but I'm excited to take over and do some cool things here," Eans said. "It's an honor to have this position."
Eans was most recently the executive chef for Blanc Burgers + Bottles. He began working at the American as a sous chef in November 2011.
"One can't say enough about what Debbie has meant to the American," said general manager Jamie Jamison in a release. "We hope this is a great move for her and wish her every future success. A nationwide search is under way to find our restaurant's next great chef."
Thorne-Thomsen and Port Fonda's Patrick Ryan were in the running in the Midwest category. Thorne-Thomsen was also named a semifinalist in the Best Chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards earlier this year. Brendan McGill of Hitchcock in Bainbridge Island, Washington, was the overall winner (meaning he garnered the most clicks) for the Food & Wine contest.
Affare's Martin Heuser and Story's Carl Thorne-Thomsen were also named semifinalists earlier this year, but Garrelts was the only Kansas City-area chef to be selected as a finalist. The awards ceremony is set for Monday, May 6, at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Thorne-Thomsen is also a semifinalist (along with Colby Garrelts and Martin Heuser) in Best Chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards. Ryan, fresh off a mention in The New York Times, has been busy with the recent launch of brunch and lunch at his Westport restaurant.
It's an honor for any chef to be invited to cook a dinner at the James Beard House in New York City. For Room 39's chefs and co-owners Ted Habiger and Andrew Sloan, it was a dream that came a little earlier than they thought it would. In December, the local chefs were called by the nonprofit organization and were asked to cook a dinner featuring Missouri and Kansas ingredients in late February or early March, according to Habiger.
They agreed, of course, and presented their meal to 50 guests (including a contingent of Kansas Citians who flew to New York specifically for the dinner) on Tuesday, March 5.
"I do think it's a rite of passage for a chef," Habiger says. "It's been a goal of mine since I started cooking seriously. I knew that someday I'd get there. Standing in that kitchen at the Beard House is a little bit of life affirmation. This is a kitchen where legends like Julia Child and Paul Bocuse cooked."
This marks the first nomination for Heuser and Thorne-Thomsen and the seventh for Garrelts (the entire field of 22 chefs can be seen here). The finalists will be announced Monday, March 18. The awards dinner and ceremony is slated for Monday, May 6.
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