From front-of-house pros to chefs to mixologists, 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 Springfield, Missouri.

Tessa is a freelance writer and photographer in Springfield, Missouri. She enjoys the finer things in life like cappuccinos and free samples.

Lillian Stone is a writer based in Springfield, Missouri. Her life revolves almost entirely around her next meal.