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Which up-and-comers in the St. Louis dining scene should you keep your eye on?

Zac Adcox, the general manager of Blood & Sand.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio
Zac Adcox, the general manager of Blood & Sand.

For eight years, Sauce Magazine has put together its “Ones to Watch” list, highlighting up-and-coming talent in the St. Louis dining industry. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, we heard about some of the chefs, brewers, general managers and bakers.

“We have a vetting process that we go through and what we’re looking for are young, talented restaurant people who are ambitious,” said Meera Nagarajan, creative director of Sauce Magazine. “When we talk about them to others who have worked with them, they may say ‘yeah, I could see them opening a restaurant or a bar one day.’”

Also joining Thursday’s program with contributor Steve Potter was 22-year-old Zac Adcox, the general manager of Blood & Sand. He’s on Sauce Magazine’s 2017 “Ones to Watch” list.

One of the things that makes Adcox unique is that, even at 21, he was already a level 2 certified sommelier.

“That’s incredible because you’re 21, you’re not really thinking about taking wine exams and pouring serving practicals,” Nagarajan said.

Adcox has technically been in the restaurant business for six years. He grew up in the suburbs of Phoenix but after high school he left home and moved across the country to Baltimore, Maryland. That’s where he developed his penchant for wine.

Listen as Adcox shares his story and Nagarajan profiles other people on the list:

This Sound Bites segment is produced as a part of a partnership between Sauce Magazine and St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary EdwardsAlex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region. 

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Kelly Moffitt joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as an online producer for St. Louis Public Radio's talk shows St. Louis on the Air.

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