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Local chef wins national honor

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He's not exactly new, but Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen of Story in Prairie Village has won a best new chef award.

Thorne-Thomsen has been named one of Food and Wine Magazine's "People's Best New Chef," the latest in a growing list of accolades for the chef and his restaurant.

"It's an incredible honor to win this award. I'm really grateful for all of our customers who took the time to vote," said Thorne-Thomsen.

Ryan Brazeal of Novel and Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda, both in Kansas City, MO, were also nominated for the award, but Thorne-Thomsen collected the most votes and took home the prize.  

The recognition comes as no surprise as Thorne-Thomsen and Story have been on quite the roll of late. Just last year, the rising star chef was a finalist for the James Beard Best Chef-Midwest. The James Beard Awards are considered the Oscars of the culinary world.

Thorne-Thomsen, who's as understated as his stylish, yet unpretentious, restaurant, is pleased with the honor, but doesn't plan on letting this, or any other positive publicity go to his head or change what he and his wife and partner, Susan Thorne-Thomsen, have set out to do at Story.

"Our recent accolades are the result of having a great staff. Susan and I are fortunate to have employees who believe in us and our idea of what comprises great food and hospitality. I hope people continue so see story as both a destination, a place to go to for special occasions, and a neighborhood place, somewhere to frequent any night of the week," Thorne-Thomsen shared.

Story, which opened in May 2011, in located in The Village Shops at 3931 W. 69th Terrace in Prairie Village, KS.

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