General Manager / Sommelier
Jeff Cambiano is the general manager at Bluestem. He joined the restaurant after holding the position of assistant general manager and wine director at sister restaurant rye. He is a graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia and spent two and a half years in Seville, Prague and Rome teaching English as a second language after college. While in Europe, Cambiano took advantage of sampling the local cuisine in all three cities and expanded his knowledge of wine.
Cambiano comes from an Italian, food-loving family. His mother was an excellent baker and his grandfather taught him how to prepare the ultimate red sauce. Family dinners together celebrated the shared experience of a good homemade meal. Cambiano also spent several years working at Lidia’s in Kansas City where he furthered his wine expertise. In 2012, he successfully completed the certified sommelier exam.
Becoming the general manager at Bluestem had been a career goal of Cambiano’s for many years. In fact, his parents were the first to hire Bluestem chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts for an offsite event. Today, Cambiano has gone full circle, from being a Bluestem customer to helping patrons of the restaurant have an outstanding dining experience.