Rising Star: Heidi Hamamura, The Saint Louis Club

Heidi Hamamura got the best sushi education a chef could ask for: She grew up cooking alongside her father, St. Louis sushi legend Naomi Hamamura. After working for celebrated chefs Ben Grupe, Bernie Lee and Jamey Tochtrop, Hamamura took the reins at the Delmar Loop location of Guerrilla Street Food. After putting her mark on the menu with Filipino items like kinilaw, made with raw fish, chiles or onions and vinegar dressing, Hamamura returned to her fine-dining roots at The Saint Louis Club. Her menus feature a mix of fresh sushi and French cuisine; she’s also catering with her father at various area country clubs, private events and weddings. Stop by The Bao in Clayton, Missouri, for a taste of her talent; Hamamura recently collaborated with owner RJ Xu on a Japanese tapas menu. (Photo by Judd Demaline)

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