In addition to barbecue, tacos, and other delicacies, Kansas City has many great restaurants. If you’re looking for your next favorite, we recommend starting with one of his seven restaurants and chefs in Kansas City, the esteemed James Beard Award nominee.
Executive Chef of The Town Company, Johnny Leach is only the third Kansas City chef in history to be named a semi-finalist for the Nationally Nominated Chef of the Year Award (Michael Smith and Colby Garrelz have been nominated in the past). It has been). The Town Company’s Leach’s menu at Hotel Kansas City offers Midwest-inspired small plates featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Yoli Tortilleria, owned by Marissa and Mark Gencarelli, was nominated for Outstanding Bakery. Last year, Gencarellis was named an Outstanding Baker semi-finalist.
Three local chefs are Best Chef semi-finalists, including Michael Corvino of Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, Nick Goellner of The Antler Room and Pam Liberda of Waldo Thai.
Meanwhile, two spots in Johnson County made the list. The Restaurant at 1900 is an Outstanding Hospitality semi-finalist, and Shawnee’s craft cocktail bar Drastic Measures is an Outstanding Bar.
Finalists for all categories will be announced on June 5th.