Jasper was named executive chef of Kansas City’s premiere dining room in May of 1984 at the young age of 22. Jasper had spent the past college years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Hotel and Restaurant School. During the summer vacations each year he would travel to Europe to visit cooking schools in Paris, Venice, and Milano.
Mirabile’s family history reflects a love for fine food and elegance. His grandmother helped his father launch Jasper’s back in 1954, now almost 45 years later, Jasper has taken over reins of the 2000+ square foot kitchen, as he oversees the staff of 15 assistants. In his own style, Jasper creates dishes from his own Sicilian background, along with a very heavy influence from Tuscany and the Piemontese regions of Italy. In 1986 Mirabile began offering cooking classes in the Dining room at Jasper’s, with such themes as Cuccina 101, Primi-Primi-Primi, Pasta Cookery 101, Veal Cookery, Cucina Sicilia, as well as his special Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day luncheon classes. For the past 8 years, every class has been a complete sellout.
Since 1990, Jasper has become a naturally acclaimed chef in his own rite. He has made guest chef appearances at The James Beard House in L.A., New York, Milan, and Paris. He has been written about by every major newspaper and magazine including Laudes by USA Today, New York Times, Midwest Living, and Italy’s Cucina.