Rising Star: John Brogan, Rye

Chicago-born John Brogan ended up in Kansas City on a whim 10 years ago, and after getting a taste of the local restaurant scene, he knew he’d found his new home. Brogan played a key role in helping Colby and Megan Garrelts open Rye, their fried chicken restaurant in Leawood, Kansas, in 2012; he was chef de cuisine at Rye until January when he was promoted to executive chef. When the Garrelts announced that a second location of Rye would open in Country Club Plaza this fall, it was no surprise to learn that Brogan would be leading the kitchen. (Photo by Anna Petrow)

Rye, ryekc.com

» Runner-Up: Theresia Ota, formerly of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, jaxfishhouse.com

Editor’s Note: Ota is now executive chef at The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge (themonarchbar.com) in Kansas City.