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Chef Bill Cardwell
Guest Chef, Teacher, Host, Consultant

Best known as a pioneer of creative seasonal fare in St. Louis, Chef Bill Cardwell has been a fixture in the local culinary field for 30 plus years. It’s hard to remember a time when Cardwell wasn’t at the helm of one of the best eateries in town or out in the community promoting the value of sustainability and locally-grown food including Cardwell’s, Cardwell’s at the Plaza and BC’s Kitchen.

After a long, successful career owning and operating full-service restaurants, Chef Cardwell is focusing the next chapter of his culinary career on more intimate, customized settings including teaching, consulting and hosting interactive private events.

A tireless community contributor, Cardwell remains committed to supporting the success of the independent restaurant community and numerous charities and causes that are close to his heart such as the St. Louis Area Food Bank.


Professional Training

Chef Cardwell graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with the highest honors.
He apprenticed under world renowned chef Albert Stockli of the Four Seasons, New York City. He then jetted off to Switzerland to learn more about his craft from a more international perspective. Over the past five decades, Cardwell’s professional experiences have run the gamut from small family-owned businesses to Culinary Director of a national corporation. Chef Cardwell is well known for his culinary contributions as Chef/Owner at Cardwell’s, Cardwell’s at the Plaza and BC’s Kitchen.


Private & Corporate Events

For Chef Cardwell, it’s all about creating a unique, customized experience for you and your guests. Chef Cardwell delights
in both feeding your body
and nurturing your soul. Using fresh, Seasonal locally-grown ingredients, he will create a menu that awakens and
inspires all of your senses. Cardwell specializes in both formal and informal dining whether it’s a full service
eight-course dinner, a family style meal or a cocktail party.

Private Brunch, Lunch, Dinners, Cocktail Parties, Wine Tastings and Wine Dinners


Running a successful restaurant requires creativity, patience, skill and a knack for understanding what real hospitality looks like. Chef Cardwell offers consulting services that focus on
building capacity in existing restaurants, improving profitability, enhancing kitchen and process efficiencies,
kitchen design, equipment selection, concept revitalization, retaining employees, developing unique, creative, and seasonal recipes and menus.
General Restaurant Consulting
New Restaurant Consulting
Restaurant Staff Training and Retention
Menu Development
Recipe Consulting


Over the past 30 years, some
of the best culinary artists in
the region have trained under Chef Bill Cardwell and now you can, too. Chef Cardwell offers customized, intimate classes from basic culinary techniques
to enhancing the skills of
the greatest home cook in
your home or venue.
Cooking Classes
Mixology Classes
Wine Appreciation Classes

Award-Winning History

Continually ranked one of the region’s top restaurants,
Chef Cardwell has collected dozens of accolades
throughout the years as Best New Restaurant,
Top New Restaurants Esquire Magazine;
Top 10 Food & Wine;
Best in America USA Today;
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence,
America’s Top Tables Gourmet Magazine;
St. Louis Magazine’s Top Restaurants,
Ladue News Platinum List,
Sauce Magazine Readers Choice Favorite,
OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Awards,
and plus numerous others.


Book Bill
for your culinary needs

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