Chef Joe West, a Kansas City native, is the new Executive Chef at The Palace Restaurant.
West, born in Japan, learned to appreciate food under his mother (a server at two high end restaurants in Kansas City) taught him to embrace food culture. He began cooking at 16, later learning under several Food + Wine Best Chefs and James Beard-award winning chefs, as well as staging at Alinea during its opening years. He is a 2007 graduate of Johnson and Wales, and has a number of Michelin stars and AAA Diamonds under his belt already.
We’ll forgive him for being a Chiefs fan. Follow him on Twitter at @joe_west