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December 2016

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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.
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