The Chef

French Master Chef David Baruthio was born in Colmar, raised and trained in Strasbourg. He studied under Michelin starred Master Chef Hubert Maetz. He has consulted, opened and managed restaurants and hotels in a number of different countries including the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Nepal, Beverly Hills, and most recently Mongolia before arriving in Windsor Heights to open Baru 66. He has enjoyed the opportunity to cook for a wide range of people including royalty, celebrities, and world leaders as well as good friends and family. He has been acknowledged with several awards for his work all over the world including a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide in Belgium.

Baruthio’s passion for fresh and exciting ingredients leads him into their source: nature. He is drawn to mountains, open landscapes and the artisanal family farm where fresh cheeses and wines are made. Here in Iowa one can find Baruthio digging up his own ingredients on his wife’s family farm or Sunstead Farms in Waukee.


Accolades & Press

2018 – Maitres Cuisiniers de France Member
2017 – James Beard Foundation Dinner December 14
2017 – Beat Bobby Flay Season 15


2013 Awards – James Beard Foundation Award
2013 Best Chef Midwest (Semi-Finalist)
2011 Awards – James Beard Foundation Award
2011 Best New Restaurant (Semi-Finalist)
View entire list5 Stars – Datebook Diner
Read full reviewDSM Top List 2011 – DSM MagazineTop fine dining establishment
Read entire listBest of 2011 – CityviewBest New Restaurant
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DSM Magazine
Someone’s in the Kitchen
By Stephen Exel
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