Brian Hale, executive chef at the new Jax Café's (2901 Salena Street; 314-449-1995), isn't shy about discussing his bad-boy reputation and the colossal ego that defined him throughout most of his culinary career. "I used to be a real dick," he says. "Really, I was all about the ego; a total prima ... More >>
Chef Brian Hale has made waves all over the St. Louis dining scene, manning the helm at the late, great Monarch Restaurant as well as working with Chase Park Plaza, BARcelona and Coastal Bistro. On July 23, he started the next chapter in his culinary career as the executive chef of Jax Cafe (2901 Sa ... More >>
As I noted the other day, this has been a very busy week (or several weeks, really) for restaurant news. Here are a few more items from around town: - George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports that chef Brian Hale, formerly of Monarch and Chase Park Plaza, will be the "director of culinary operatio ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergMonarch executive chef Josh Galliano works in the restaurant's kitchen.After closing for several weeks of renovations this summer, the bar and bistro of Monarch (7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-3995) feature a new Southern Bistro menu that draws from the Louisiana root ... More >>
Monarch (2003)Josh Galliano is reason enough to rank Monarch so high: The Louisiana native, sent packing when Katrina devastated New Orleans, is everything you could want in a chef -- creative yet respectful of tradition; ambitious yet humble. Yet he has been the executive chef at Monarch for onl ... More >>
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