Rising Star: Jessica Bowman,Cafe Berlin

Jessica Bowman took the top spot at Cafe Berlin this year after former executive chef Jamie Davis left for Chicago. Bowman is continuing the venerable Columbia restaurant’s tradition of hyper-local and hyper-seasonal fare. She’s even finding time to meet farmers in the field, including Patchwork Family Farms and Pierpont Farms, to both harvest produce and build relationships. To get a taste of her seasonal cooking, try the weekly special; past plates have included a smoked carrot and fennel salad with garlicky yogurt sauce and a spring vegetable polenta bowl with Parmesan, snap peas, purple daikon, broccoli rabe and a garlic-chive vinaigrette. (Photo by Drew Piester)

Cafe Berlin, cafeberlincomo.com

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