Duncan named Restaurateur of the Year
Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:19 PM
Jeff Duncan of Des Moines has been named the 2013 Iowa Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year. Duncan is the director of operations for DOS Rios, Big City Burger and DSM Catering. He accepted the award on Sept. 22 at a ceremony at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. "This award honors the restaurant owner who inspires patrons, employees and the industry," Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, said in a news release. Duncan began his career as a 13-year-old dishwasher for Iowa restaurant industry leader Paul Trostel. He studied at the Iowa Culinary Institute before taking on several successful restaurant ventures across the country. Duncan returned to Des Moines in 2005 and opened Trostel's Dish in Clive, eventually leaving for his current position.