Dubuque Chef to Represent Iowa on “TODAY” Show
The owner and chef of an acclaimed restaurant in Dubuque will be making (another) appearance on TV and showcasing his talents to the world just in time for the holiday season.
Chef Kevin Scharpf, owner of Dubuque's Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar and Otto's Place in Galena, IL, will be representing the state of Iowa on the TODAY show's "Great American Holiday Cookie Swap!" Scharpf took to Instagram to announce his upcoming appearance:
Chef Scharpf's Background:
The Galena native enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis when he was only 16-years-old. He refined his craft in the Twin Cities and New York City before finding his way back home. Scharpf would go on to open Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar, a renowned restaurant in Dubuque's Millwork District that is predicated on an authentic, progressive, yet approachable menu.
Scharpf has been incredibly successful, with an appearance on Bravo TV's Top Chef under his belt. This year, he was named a semifinalist for "Best Chef: Midwest" from the James Beard Foundation Awards. He also recently acquired another restaurant in his hometown: Otto's Place, located at 100 Bouthillier Street in Galena.
His goal of putting Iowa on the map as a home of unique culinary creations looks to be succeeding.
What will Chef Scharpf Make on the Show?:
According to his Instagram video, Scharpf is looking to show his recipe for "Scotch-a-Rookies:"
I'll be representing the state of Iowa with my scotch-a-rookie, a fun play on a scotcharoo and a cookie.
Between purchasing a new restaurant in his hometown, and now being a guest on the TODAY show, Scharpf has had a banner year to say the very least.
When Does the TODAY Show Episode Air?:
You can catch Kevin Scharpf on the TODAY show Wednesday, December 7th at 6am and 6pm CST. If you can't catch the episode live, that's no problem! You can watch Scharpf prepare and bake his Scotch-a-Rookies on-demand via the Peacock app, or the TODAY show website here.