Kevin Nashan (2014 James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Midwest and five-time semifinalist) is the chef/owner of the acclaimed Sidney Street Cafe in St. Louis, where he crafts dishes with a myriad of influences including Spanish, New Mexican, Midwestern, Southern and French cuisines. Nashan believes that sourcing locally should be expected, not celebrated, and converted the restaurant’s parking lot into 100 yards of urban garden.

In August 2014, he opened The Peacemaker, inspired by the lobster and crab shacks and Acadian coastal cuisines of the Northeast and Louisiana. The menu includes lobster rolls, seafood boils, po’boys and more.

Nashan won the 2013 Cochon 555 Barbecue competition in St. Louis, having previously competed in Cochon 555, and is a founding member of chef BBQ team Seersucker Collective. In 2014, he appeared on Esquire Network’s show “Knife Fight”. He has cooked for President Barack Obama, and done six Iron Man competitions.