About Me

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What’s happening Beautiful People! I’m Nico Shumpert, a local chef & culinary influencer born and raised in St.Louis, MO. 


My culinary curiosity sprouted when I used to bake cookies and cakes with my grandma as a child. I can also recall asking my mom why she would “do this” or “add that”. The science of food,  cooking with all 5 senses and sharing the experience with family still excites that inquisitive little boy full of cookie dough in granny’s kitchen.


Since graduating from L'Ecole Culinaire in 2011, I have been on quite the culinary journey. To start, I trained under a James Beard Award-winning chef at Sidney Street Cafe, sprinkle several fulfilling opportunities in the middle, and eventually worked up to a leadership role with the acclaimed Kaldi’s Coffee Co. 


These days you can find me entertaining my devout foodie followers on social media or hosting pop-ups & private dinner parties around my home town. 


I believe sharing a meal is an intimate interaction that we often take for granted. My goal is to get people back to the table,  build an appreciation for atypical food, and equip my followers with practical knowledge that can take an everyday meal from Okay to Oh My! 


When I’m not working you can find me gaming, serving at my church, or loving on my wife Ebony, my son Camden and my daughter Kendall. 

Let's Be Taste Buds

Contact me with any and all questions regarding your culinary needs. Thanks for considering me!