Marshall Paulsen - Birchwood Café
A Buddhist meal prayer is front and center when customers visit the Birchwood Café in Minneapolis.
Aaron Slavicek - Bar La Grassa
Aaron Slavicek is soft spoken, quick to smile and pleasant to be around as executive chef of Bar La Grassa.
Robert Wohlfeil - The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Robert Wohlfeil is executive chef at The Oceanaire in downtown Minneapolis.
Leonard Anderson - Tongue in Cheek
Along with wife Ashleigh Newman, Leonard Anderson has created something quite different in the up-and-coming Payne Avenue neighborhood of St. Paul.
Thomas Kim - The Rabbit Hole
Thomas Kim’s fantasy is to introduce street-style Korean fare to inquisitive Midwesterners who aren't afraid to fall down the rabbit hole.
Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson - Chef Shack
Their food, which includes the mini donuts, bison burgers topped with a fried egg and pulled-pork nachos, has been included on some pretty notable national lists
Susan Dunlop - Joan’s in the Park
Susan Dunlop, the chef and co-owner of Joan’s who came up with the “labor-saving” plan of Chef’s Day Off dinners.
Ryan Lund - Lucia’s Restaurant
“It’s very humbling, it’s very scary, if I can say that,” says Executive Chef Ryan Lund. “I’m always working to live up to Lucia’s name and her standards.”
Lucas Almendinger - The Third Bird
Lucas Almendinger chose working at W.A. Frost under Leonard Anderson and then Wyatt Evans during his transition from woodworker to chef.
Adam Vickerman - Café Levain
Since meeting in 2004 when he interned at the restaurant under Steven Brown, it’s been an on-again, off-again relationship for Adam Vickerman and Café Levain.