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Gerard Craft came into the St. Louis culinary scene with a bang when the opened the original Niche in 2005. Ten years later, he became the first St. Louis chef to take home the coveted James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2015. And as his Niche Restaurant Group grows, he has added mentoring younger chefs to his list of job descriptions.

Sardella executive chef Ashley Shelton enjoys these salt-roasted beets served in beet salads, glazed with vinegar or as a start to pickled beets.