Patrick Connolly, Executive Chef
The Basso team is led by Executive Chef Patrick Connolly. A St. Louis native, Connolly's culinary perspective finds its roots in his Midwestern upbringing and his respect for ingredients sourced locally. Basso's seasonal menu boasts an Italian accent, yet it is based upon the use of produce and ingredients largely found right here in his home state. Connolly's years in the northeast solidified his commitment to forging relationships with the growers and purveyors who can deliver high-quality products that translate into exceptional guest experiences.
Chef Patrick Connolly first unearthed his talent for culinary creativity in 1999 while working at Dressel's Pub in the Central West End. Inspired by Thomas Keller's seminal work The French Laundry cookbook, Connolly moved to Rhode Island in 2002 to attend Johnson & Wales and to work as a Rotisseur at Empire in Providence.
Within a year, Connolly's hard work earned him a position at the world class restaurant Radius in Boston. By 2004, he was named Executive Chef, and in 2006 he was awarded four stars by The Boston Globe. Connolly's meteoric rise received national attention the following year when he was nominated for the James Beard "Rising Star Chef" Award. In 2008, Connolly achieved one of the industry's top honors winning the James Beard "Best Chef Northeast" Award.
Following this win, Connolly moved to the country's biggest culinary stage and took charge of the kitchen at the New York restaurant bobo. Within one year of his NYC debut, Patrick was honored by StarChefs as one of their 2009 Rising Star Chefs. As Executive Chef at bobo, Connolly earned a passionate local following and praise from New York's top critics for his inventive, market-driven cooking.
In 2012, Connolly became the Executive Chef of The Kitchen NYC, an event space and food studio in Midtown Manhattan. At The Kitchen, Patrick produced an incredibly diverse and dynamic series of dinners, cocktail parties, brunches and team building cooking workshops. In addition to this agenda, he worked in conjunction with food marketing firm Intellivent to develop and test recipes for their clients as part of creative business development.
On a recent visit home, Connolly toured the under-construction Basso and was convinced to take the lead. And so begins the next chapter in Connolly's impressive culinary career.
Jonathan Schoen, General Manager
Growing up in St. Louis, Jonathan Schoen began his lifelong career in the hospitality industry at the age of 15, working as a dish washer in The Hill neighborhood. After college, he was mentored by the owners of Bar Italia in St. Louis' Central West End. Determined to one day become the proprietor and owner of his own restaurant, Jonathan spent years working on the details of a restaurant concept and business plan, and attended the culinary program at Forest Park Community College.
In 2004, with the support of family and friends, he purchased and remodeled an aging former mansion, transforming it into what would become Savor, a world cuisine restaurant in the Central West End. Savor was heralded as "Restaurant of the Year" by St. Louis Magazine in 2005, was featured on many local media program such as "Show Me St. Louis" and KMOX, as well as the publications Sauce Magazine, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Ladue News, and earned mentions in national publications such as Food & Wine Magazine and Wine Spectator.
Next, Jonathan helped open Posh Improvisational Cuisine in Scottsdale, Arizona before returning to St. Louis to manage Bar Italia Ristorante. There, he continued to expand his considerable knowledge of Italian food and wine before accepting the position of general manager at Basso.
Blaise Pastoret, Service Manager
Influenced by childhood vacations in the U.S., Central America and Europe, Blaise Pastoret, 27, developed a passion for good food, excellent service and beautiful settings. He decided the hospitality industry was where he wanted to be.
Blaise worked at D. Rowe's Restaurant in Columbia for eight years, during which time he obtained a Bachelors degree in hospitality management from the University of Missouri.
While at D. Rowe's, Blaise moved between the front and back of the house, learning how to manage a high volume kitchen and later advancing to the position of food and beverage operations manager. He also helped D. Rowe's open a new event and banquest operation and introduced popular promotions such as wine and beer flights and small plates pairings.
In July of 2012, Blaise moved to St. Louis and met Todd Rushing of Concentrics Restaurants, a restaurant consulting group from Atlanta, GA that has worked with Lodging Hospitality Management to develop the restaurants at The Cheshire and Three Sixty, the rooftop bar at the Hilton at The Ballpark. Todd recommended Blaise and he was hired to manage Three Sixty. After several months there, Blaise was tapped to join the Cheshire team as the service manager at Basso.