Shannon Bard is the popular chef/owner of Toroso Kitchen and Cocktails in Kennebunk, Maine and mother of five children.
Growing up in Oklahoma, Shannon and her family would sit together and enjoy large meals prepared by her grandmother and mother. Shannon would join them in the kitchen and spend hours making vibrantly flavored dishes prepared from scratch.
Meanwhile, her father and grandfather, both small farmers, imparted lessons on seasonal produce and the hard work and dedication farmers put into each and every crop.
These early influences inspired Shannon to attend culinary school. Following her training at the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio, TX, Shannon, along with her husband, Tom Bard, and long-time friend, Sergio Ramos, opened Zapoteca Restaurante Y Tequileria which was a fixture in Portland, Maine for over six years.
2015 was a huge year for Chef Bard. In addition to publishing her first cookbook, The Gourmet Mexican Kitchen, she won Food Network's "Kitchen Inferno" and also appeared on "Beat Bobby Flay."
Shannon is dedicated to offering authentic, seasonally influenced Mexican and Spanish dishes with bold, innovative flair. We appreciate her culinary creativity, her dedication to her family and of course, her passion for our tomatoes!