For the past twenty years, Debbie Gold has remained one of Kansas City's most innovative Chefs. Her accolades include a 1999 James Beard Award win, four JBA nominations, and a returning role as a Top Chef Masters competitor.
While in high school, the Chicago native found inspiration in the pages of Bon Appetit. Before long, Debbie had taken the first steps toward her now celebrated culinary career. After receiving a graduate degree in Restaurant Management from the University of Illinois, she spent two years studying in France at Ecole Hoteliere Tain l'Hermitage, while cooking at Michelin starred restaurants. Upon returning to the United States, Debbie continued her training with the legendary Charlie Trotter, holding down every position from the hotline to pastry. She went on to become the pastry chef at Everest, before accepting the role of Executive Chef at Mirador.
After leaving Chicago for another two years in France, Debbie turned her sights to Kansas City to begin her twenty year run. She was named Executive Chef for The American and garnered national accolades and recognition in her role. After seven years, she seized the opportunity to open her own spot, 40 Sardines. With Chef Debbie at the helm, the restaurant earned a coveted nomination for “Best New Restaurant” from the James Beard Foundation. After operating 40 Sardines for seven years, Debbie returned to her Kansas City roots and once again joined the team at The American.