Chef Brian Hardesty | Courtesy Lucky You Productions
When you've worked in some of St. Louis' most venerable kitchens -- Monarch, Harvest, Terrene -- such as chef Brian Hardesty has, you could be excused for sticking with what you know. After all, if you're privy to a winning formula, why not take the easy route and open a place that replicates past successes?
But Hardesty is not one to phone it in. Gut Check e-mailed the brains behind Element (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674) -- named one of our favorite restaurants openings of 2013 -- to hear his thoughts on the St. Louis food scene and a few other tidbits. His answers were short -- but to the point.More »