From chefs to pizzaiolos to baristas, these talented individuals are pushing boundaries either in kitchens of their own or under the direction of some of the region’s best chefs. Meet this year’s roster of rising stars in Kansas City.

April is a Kansas Citian by way of New Mexico, worker bee, freelance writer and photographer, food, music, animal and travel lover.

Natalie Gallagher is a writer. She’s never met a carb she didn’t like.