Chef Gerard Craft is the executive chef and owner of Craft Restaurants, Ltd. in St. Louis, Missouri. After opening Niche in 2005 at the age of 25, Chef Craft has extended his restaurant group to include Taste by Niche, a modern speakeasy, Brasserie by Niche, a classic French bistro, and his latest approachable Italian concept, Pastaria. Chef Craft's creative yet simple food has earned him recognition as a Food & Wine Best New Chef, Inc. magazine's "Star Entrepreneurs under 30” as well as a four-time James Beard Foundation finalist for Best Chef: Midwest. A native of Washington, D.C., Chef Craft became addicted to the restaurant life while living in Salt Lake City as a snowboard photographer. Chef Craft went on to cook at Bistro Toujours in Park City, Utah, Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey and Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California before making the leap to open a restaurant of his own. Always a believer in following intuition, Chef Craft settled on the boarded-up building in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis, a Midwestern city that he had never visited. Since opening Niche in 2005, Chef Craft has been highly acclaimed for his innovative interpretations of what he calls "humble” Midwest ingredients – the best available from numerous local area farmers.
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