At this point, saying that Josh Galliano is a rock star in the St. Louis (if not national) culinary scene is stating the obvious. If his status was not already solidified by his tenure at An American Place and Monarch, or his Best New Chef award from Food and Wine Magazine, then the overwhelming success of Galliano's new restaurant, the Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2999) seals the deal.
Now in its fifth month, this "neighborhood eatery" is basking in a well-deserved reputation as one of the area's most notable dining establishments. Galliano presents a menu that is both refined and playful with winks to his Louisiana heritage. On any given night, diners at the Libertine can see him personally delivering food to the tables and checking on guests, taking the time to genuinely engage diners.
Fresh on the heels of his 2013 RFT Readers' Choice win for Best Chef, we sat down with Galliano to chat about the state of the St. Louis food scene and found out along the way why he likens himself to a sunchoke.More »