Taste of the NFL Chef Chat: Gerard Craft of St. Louis, MO

Gerard Craft

In honor of the upcoming Taste of NFL’s Party with a Purpose, get to know the event’s participating chefs. Check back weekly to get to know other Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose chefs from all over the nation!

Chef name: Gerard Craft

Restaurant and location: Niche, Pastaria, Brasserie by Niche, Taste–all of St. Louis, Missouri

Web sites: Blog: http://nichestlgroup.com; http://nichestlouis.com; http://pastariastl.com; http://brasseriebyniche.com; http://tastebarstl.com

Social media: @GerardFCraft; @nichestlouis; @PastariaSTL; @brasserieSTL; @tastebarSTL; facebook.com/nichestl; facebook.com/pastariastl; facebook.com/brasseriebyniche; facebook.com/nichetaste

What inspired you to take part in the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose? It’s horrifying that so many people are starving right here in America. As a chef, I want to do everything I can to end hunger.

Say you’re hosting a Super Bowl party. What dish do you serve to guests? Definitely BBQ. Ribs and pork butt!

Have you always had a passion for the culinary arts? How did you get your start? I didn’t get started in cooking until I dropped out of college and got a job washing dishes at a local pool hall. I honestly fell in love with the kitchen before the food.

What do you love most about what you do? The greatest part about my job is when I have a guest tell me that they will remember their meal forever. Food memories are the best, and I love being a part of them.

What food bank are you representing? St. Louis Area Foodbank.

And a few fun faves…
Favorite Super Bowl memory: Super Bowl XXII in 1988, watching the Redskins beat the Broncos.
Favorite sports-watching snack: Popcorn with black pepper.
Favorite cocktail to whip up for Super Bowl guests: For the Super Bowl, it’s all beer. We were heavily stocked with Urban Chestnut Zwickel last year.

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