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Chef Gavin Kaysen Selling Spoons for Scholarships

Spoon and Stable chef/owner Gavin Kaysen.

His spoon kleptomania is well documented, and now chef Gavin Kaysen is putting that obsession to good use.

Kaysen, whose Spoon and Stable restaurant in Minneapolis is a James Beard semifinalist in the Best New Restaurant category, commissioned dinnerware company Steelite International to create spoons available for purchase ($10) at the restaurant, with all proceeds going to the Ment’or BKB Foundation. The culinary nonprofit organization founded by chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Jérôme Bocuse aims to inspire culinary excellence in young professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of cuisine in America. Heavily involved in Ment’or, Kaysen served as head coach for Team USA, which took silver earlier this year in the Bocuse d’Or culinary competition.

“My entire career has been shaped by the fantastic chefs I’ve been privileged to work with before opening my own restaurant,” said Kaysen. “I love working with Ment’or because we’re able to help influence the futures of dedicated young chefs who are shaping the culinary landscape across the country.” 

As for why Kaysen is fascinated by spoons, he said, “My history of stealing spoons from other restaurants is well documented, and it directly inspired my restaurant’s name. We knew that because of my history, guests would come in and get the same idea to swipe a spoon from Spoon and Stable. My hope is that my knack for stealing spoons will turn into something that will inspire young chefs and raise awareness for Ment’or.”


To purchase a spoon, visit the restaurant or call 612-224-9850.

Photo credit: Bonjwing Photograph    

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