WINNER: Stefan Bowers
Feast & Rebelle
The readers have spoken — there's a new head chef in town. Stefan Bowers, who began his career in San Antonio under Jason Dady at The Lodge of Castle Hills and later went on to helm his own kitchen as executive chef at 20Nine Restaurant and Wine Bar before opening Feast in Southtown with Andrew Goodman, has had quite the year. The Navy vet (a helicopter rescue swimmer, no less) left Feast in the hands of Jared Smith and Cody Clarke ("one's artistic and one's the muscle," he says) to concentrate on opening Rebelle, the New American restaurant that sits inside the remodeled St. Anthony Hotel. Backed by chef de cuisine Zeke Cavazos and sous chef Gary Alsup, Bowers treats San Anto to charbroiled gulf oysters, velvety smooth green curries, potted Iowa white cheddar with rye, fried Camembert, grilled quail and a few Feast crossovers like the Merguez ground goat kebabs. And did we mention Bowers and co. catered to the likes of Michel Escoffier, great-grandson of famed French chef August Escoffier?
2. Jason Dady • Jason Dady Restaurant Group
3. Johnny Hernandez • Grupo La Gloria