The American Welcomes Andrew Longres as New Executive Chef

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KANSAS CITY, MO – December 5, 2017 – The American announces the appointment of Andrew Longres as executive chef, starting this month, where he will lead the iconic venue’s longstanding tradition of culinary excellence in private dining and recently launched The American Concept Series.

Native to the greater Kansas City area, Longres hails from bluestem restaurant where he served as executive chef for the past four years. With prior experience as sous chef at The American from 2008 to 2011, he has also held positions at highly esteemed restaurants including The French Laundry in Napa Valley and The Kansas City area’s 40 Sardines and Starker’s Reserve.

“Andrew’s passion for and years of experience in American cuisine make him an ideal addition to The American team where he will further strengthen the venue’s presence in Kansas City’s private event arena,” says Tom Johnson, managing director at The American.   

Chef Longres is looking forward to creating unique dining experiences for corporate, social and philanthropic groups seeking The American tradition – culinary and service excellence in one of the city’s most treasured venues. In addition, he will be partnering with fellow chefs to offer one-of-a kind events throughout The American Concept Series 2018 schedule.  

For more information or to plan an event, please visit or call (816) 245-7331. Stay up to date on the latest news from The American by connecting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About The American

The American Restaurant was conceived in partnership with the legendary James Beard, boasting time-honored service, world-class cuisine and an impressive line-up of award-winning chefs for more than 40 years. Now, the iconic venue, designed by the legendary architect and interior designer Warren Platner, will build upon the restaurant’s history of excellence showcasing innovative chefs and emerging trends through its evolved concept.  For more information please visit or to plan an event call (816) 245-7331. The American is located at 200 East 25th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108. Stay up-to-date on the latest news by connecting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

Media Contacts

Mara Weiss, Senior Account Executive, NJF / (646) 237-4522

Mary Meade Eastman, Director of Catering, The American / (816) 245-7332