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Benjamin Rients – Lyn 65 Kitchen and Bar | Alex Roberts – Restaurant Alma and Brasa

I think it’s safe to say the Twin Cities restaurant community is glad Alex Roberts opted against a career in medicine, choosing instead to wield a blade in the kitchen, not an operating room.

Steven Brown – Tilia and St. Genevieve | Paul Backer – St. Genevieve

Asked about the pre-opening hype surrounding St. Genevieve, Steven Brown played it cool, suggesting the frothy excitement before high-profile openings risked setting public expectations dangerously high.

Daniel del Prado and Isaac Becker – Burch Steak

In the pre-opening hours at Burch, it’s plain to see how much work goes into running the vast upscale restaurant.

Tyge Nelson – Pajarito | Tim McKee – Parasole Restaurant Holdings

To find a top chef mentored by Tim McKee, all one has to do is stand blindfolded in front of a map of the Twin Cities culinary scene and throw a dart.

Brenda Langton and Liz Benser – Spoonriver

“Women have always been drawn to my kitchen because I'm a woman,” Brenda Langton says. “My goal is to keep a happy kitchen.”

Russell Klein – Meritage | Justin Sutherland – Handsome Hog

Some may have considered it a career setback, to revert to line cook when you’ve been head chef and run the kitchen at a well-known steakhouse in town. For Justin Sutherland, though, it was anything but.

Irina Kolosov – Parma 8200 | Mike Dalton – Campiello and Parma 8200

Being a woman on the line isn’t the rarity it once was, but it’s still nice to have a mentor in your corner of the kitchen.

Jorge Guzman - Surly Beer Hall & Restaurant, Brewer’s Table

Pairing Surly's brews with equally forceful food is Jorge Guzman’s daily charge as executive chef of both restaurants at Surly’s massive, still-new destination brewery.

Gavin Kaysen - Spoon and Stable

“I’ve never experienced anything like it,” Gavin Kaysen says about the opening last year. When reservation lines opened, they sold out two months’ worth of seats immediately.

Angel Luna - 6 Smith

At 19, Angel Luna and two friends came to the U.S. illegally. Luna, who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, wanted to find steady work in order to send money back to his parents and sisters.

Diane Yang - Spoon and Stable

When Diane Yang heard that famed New York City Chef Gavin Kaysen was returning to his hometown to start a restaurant, she didn’t believe it.

Mike DeCamp - Monello/Constantine

In his role as chef de cuisine at La Belle Vie, Mike DeCamp has been a driving force in the Minneapolis food scene for nearly a decade.
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