Mike Randolph is the owner/chef of Público, Randolfi’s, and Half & Half in St. Louis, Missouri. Chef Randolph and Público were both recognized as 2016 James Beard semifinalists, and he was recently nominated again as a 2017 Best Chef: Midwest semifinalist. Known for experimenting with different flavors and textures through a variety of cuisines, Randolph enjoys playing with peoples’ preconceptions of taste. Originally from Cincinnati, Randolph received training from New England Culinary Institute. He then worked at Peninsula Grill in Charleston, and Michelin-starred Moto and M. Henry in Chicago. Since his arrival in St. Louis (his wife and business partner Liz’s hometown) in 2008, Randolph opened his wildly popular, breakfast/brunch restaurant, Half & Half. In 2015, he opened Público, his Latin-inspired, wood-fire cantina restaurant, offering traditional Mexican and South American dishes with contemporary influences. Shortly after, he opened Randolfi’s as a celebration of a family’s history, centered around the table.