2023 Chefs

Kansas City, MO and Leawood, KS

Featured: Saturday Grand Tasting & Auction

Megan and Colby Garrelts are the chef-owners of bluestem Restaurant in Kansas City and rye Restaurant in Leawood, Kansas. Chef Colby is a 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest award winner, 2005 Food & Wine Top 10 Best New Chef and recently had his cuisine showcased in the Wall Street Journal and on the August 2013 cover ofSaveur Magazine. Chef Megan’s recipes have been featured in a number of national culinary publications including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Saveur. bluestem showcases Colby’s Progressive American Cuisine and Megan’s New Varieties of American Desserts. The bluestem cookbook debuted in 2011. rye Restaurant celebrates the Midwestern foods the chefs grew up eating. They are proud to be from the Midwest and rye gives them the opportunity to showcase dishes that they have enjoyed with their families.