Chef Devon Kepley was born and raised in Ames. After high school he attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a degree in hotel, restaurant and institution management. Within this time, he discovered his true passion for food, and in 2000 attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. During this time, Devon interned at La Folie under Chef Roland Passot, learning classical French cuisine; La Folie at that time was one of only seven 4-star restaurants in San Francisco, California.
After graduating from the CIA with honors, Devon moved back to California where he worked at Parcel 104 and learned the importance of using local ingredients and supporting local farms and farmers. From there, Devon was given the opportunity to help open Bradley Ogden at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2003. While he was working there as a sous chef, the restaurant went on to win the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in America in 2004. Then after spending five years at Mariposa, he moved back to Ames in 2008 to start another chapter. He was a sous chef at The Café until he joined the Hy-Vee team in May of 2013. Here, Devon plans to share his wealth of ideas with the people of his hometown.