lee gustin Cork & Barrel Chop House Steakhouse

Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits introduces our Executive Chef, Lee Gustin.
Gustin grew up in the business, starting as a dishwasher at 15-years-old. After culinary school at The Restaurant School of Philadelphia and serving in the U.S. Navy, Gustin has worked for country clubs, restaurants, concert venues and stadiums, including the St. Louis Blues.
He says his time in the area has given him a great understanding of what our community needs and enjoys and is looking forward to providing that in his new home in St. Peter’s.
“I’m excited to be getting in on the ground level and launching a much needed restaurant for the community,” says Gustin. “It’s family-owned, and the ownership is just amazing.”
Gustin plans to bring bold flavors and farm fresh food to our steakhouse.
“I like to mix old Midwest style with coastal influences from my background on the East coast.”
Gustin says he loves shopping at farmer’s markets, staying on top of industry trends and finding a use for every piece of a food item, such as his pickled watermelon rind appetizer or Prairie Butter made with bone marrow.
We are very pleased to bring Gustin on as a vital member of the Cork & Barrel team. Stay tuned for sneak peeks of his new creations coming to you soon!