Celebrity Chefs

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    August 13, 2014

    What to expect at the upcoming Chipotle Cultivate Festival

    If you're not ready to say goodbye to Twin Cities food and music festivals just yet, say hello to this year's Chipotle Cultivate Festival, coming up on August 23 at Loring Park. The event will be host to six celebrity chefs, including Minnesota's own Jamie Malone and Andrew Zimmern, among others, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen's Merchant may be getting top chef backing

    The rumor mill is abuzz with news of James Beard Rising Star and Bloomington native Gavin Kaysen and his homecoming restaurant, Merchant. On her blog, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl says she has it from "multiple good sources" that the money for Kaysen's new Twin Cities venture is coming in from some of th ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Top local chefs and a Libertine sneak peek at this year's Share Our Strength's HOTlist event

    Philanthropist foodies, it's time again for the Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation HOTlist. The annual summer event is held at the Guthrie Theater and features over 20 of the Twin Cities' top restaurants, chefs, and bartenders sharing their tastiest eats and drinks to raise money for the fight a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Las Teresitas makes Travel & Leisure's list of best Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

    We've been proponents of Las Teresitas since it opened about two years ago. The south Minneapolis cantina was our pick for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2013 and our Best Taco winner in 2012. Now it seems Travel & Leisure magazine has not only stumbled across the south-side taqueria, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Chipotle to bring food and music festival to Minneapolis this summer

    Heads up, residents of Loring Park: This summer the international burrito chain Chipotle will bring its Cultivate "food, ideas, and music" festival to Minneapolis, and more specifically, to your 'hood. The event, which is slated for August 23, is designed to be a celebration of sustainability i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Who's got the Munchies? Icehouse, Izzy's, and Surly nominated for people's choice awards

    Who's got the munchies? 2014 marks the third anniversary of's the Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards. This national awards event is headed up by none other than local celebrity chef, Andrew Zimmern, and this year three Twin Cities businesses have made it to the final round. Now it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Bayona at Ward 6: A tribute-worthy drink of the week

    Bayona Ward 6 $8 It doesn't take long in our fair cities to realize that, while the scope of our restaurant and bar scene is grand, the industry community is teeny-tiny. Chances are, everyone you've staged with, bar-backed for, or worked alongside on the line is only a degree or two of separation f ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013
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    September 3, 2013

    Zen Box Izakaya to throw big-time ramen bash

    The traditional second anniversary gift might be cotton, but Zen Box Izakaya, the lively Japanese restaurant and pub, will be giving ramen! The noodle that inspires all sorts of obsession will be celebrated in several ways. They're shutting down the block, flying in ramen-making celebrity chefs, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Twin Cities chef becomes cheftestapant on Bravo's Top Chef New Orleans

    As per usual, the online community has been eagerly awaiting the announcement of who will make the cut for the current round of Bravo TV's Top Chef; a reality TV series that pits chefs from around the country against each other in a variety of culinary challenges in order to win the title of 'Top Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Talking trucks with TV's super star baker, Duff Goldman

    Well, it's not too often that the opportunity to sit down and spend a few minutes with the Ace of Cakes comes along, but it did, so we did. We were recently able to catch up with the legendary maestro of exploding cakes, Duff Goldman, out at Boom Island where he was preparing for a long evening of f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Target cutting ties with Paula Deen

    Target is the latest company to distance itself from Paula Deen, the celebrity chef who finds herself mired in a racial discrimination controversy.SEE ALSO: Mpls cops allegedly filmed using N-word to describe black suspect [VIDEO] The Minneapolis-based retailer told CNBC this morning it has "ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Minnesotans invade MasterChef season four

    The time has come for another season of the Fox Network's hit reality cooking show, MasterChef. This season get ready to root for the home team as six home chefs from Minnesota will enter into the culinary battlefield along with many others from around the country in an effort to take home the much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Food Network casting call for Minnesotans to star in new show

    Have you got a restaurant dream? Is it a concept that would work well inside a mall? Ever wonder what Tyler Florence looks like really up close? Your time has come. The Food Network is throwing out the nets, hoping to catch its next cooking competition hit. Here is your chance for a close-up:

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    It's the end of the world. Where do you want to eat your last Twin Cities meal?

    It's a common chef's game, late at night after the burners are snuffed and a short glass of something strong is poured. Throbbing feet cool at the edge of a bar rail and the game begins: "What would your last meal be?"  There was even a Top Chef episode where famous chefs like Lidia Bastianich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Zimmern and Bourdain together at State Theater; tickets on sale tomorrow

    This spring, two bigwigs of the food world will come to Minneapolis to meet, greet, and talk about eats. Renowned chef, author, TV host, and one of the most recognizable figures in food, Anthony Bourdain, will take the stage at the State Theater with local hero Andrew Zimmern, writer, media personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque on 'funniest episode ever' of 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'

    Last December, the temperamental host of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Guy Fieri, and his crew rolled through Minnesota filming new episodes of their show. One of their stops was Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar in Stillwater. That episode will be airing for the first ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Munchies food awards include several local nominees

    The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're  judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Pastry chef John Kraus of Patisserie 46: The sweet life, part 2

    This week we're profiling pastry guru John Kraus of Patisserie 46. In part 1, we met the chef and his wife (who opened their dream bakery in 2010), and were treated to a behind-the-scenes account of Kraus's win at the Food Network Chocolate Challenge. Now we jump to the early stages of his career, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Chef Daniel Green of ShopNBC: A life of healthy eating, part 3

    This is the final chapter in our interview with Daniel Green. In part 1, we found out how a healthy diet helped him conquer his weight problem. And in part 2, we learned how he broke into the TV business. We now pick things up just as his career is taking off. For years, Green never found work ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    "Pink slime" served up in school lunches

    It's enough to make Adam Sandler's song "Lunch Lady" sound like a utopian fantasy ("got no idea what the chicken pot pie is made of..."). Sadly, we do know what the hamburger patties served by the national school lunch program are made of, and it isn't pretty. A recent article from re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Nye's Polonaise Room featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives tonight

    Guy Fieri features Nye's on the Food Network's hit show tonight​Nye's Polonaise Room is being featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives tonight.The famed local establishment can add tonight's appearance on the Food Network's hit show to a long list of press accolades, including appearances on Good M ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Dennis Leaf-Smith of 112 Eatery: Chef Chat, Part 2

    We're celebrating the 112 Eatery's seventh birthday by featuring its chef de cuisine, Dennis Leaf-Smith. Yesterday, we learned how he cut his teeth as a young chef, first in local kitchens and then out west (click here to read part 1 of our conversation). Today, he tells us how he ended up at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Guy Fieri responds to City Pages cover story, denies anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks

    Mike KooimanGuy Fieri responds to this City Pages cover story​Guy Fieri is firing back at this week's City Pages cover story, which chronicled the rise of the Food Network's hit show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and the collapse of Fieri's relationship with its producer, David Page. In a form ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 12, 2011

    Guy Fieri in Diners, Drive-Ins, and Disasters

    Food Network host gets raw behind the scenes

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    October 7, 2011

    Star Tribune unmasks '@RuthBourdain,' New York food humorist from Edina

    ​ Today New York foodies remember what it felt like to discover Santa Claus doesn't exist, and both the unmasker and the unmasked are from Minnesota. Star Tribune Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean snatched away the anonymity of the popular Tweeter "Ruth Bordain" when she saw a man tweeting in synch wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Ridiculous celebrity foodie Twitter spats

    Anthony Bourdain gets grumpy on Paula Deen. ​Was the summer heat and humidity going to celebrity foodie heads? For whatever reason, the last few months have been especially rife with famous-types doing regrettable food-related tweeting, including Alec Baldwin's diss of an Upper West Side Starb ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 7, 2011

    Eric "Big E" Austin is one mean chef

    Storied local soul-food legend has a long rap sheet

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Food Network resolves lawsuit with David Page, Plymouth producer of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

    Guy Fieri's show will move on without Page Productions.​The Food Network has resolved its lawsuit with a Plymouth, Minnesota, producer days after claiming he wished death on staff members, sources confirm to City Pages. Page Productions filed a lawsuit against the Food Network last May allegi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Top 5 beach reads for foodies

    Drool a moat around that sandcastle​As graduation processions pass and Saturday-night wedding dates begin to loom, we've decided it safe to declare this season summer. Sultry long nights, lethargic cabin trips, and charcoal-scented sizzling meats are upon us.  Because leisure pairs so beautif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives burns Plymouth-based producer

    Guy Fieri's show under legal fire​Plymouth-based Page Productions, which has been producing the hit show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for the Food Network for four years, says it's getting burned by the television network. The Business Journal reports that Page filed a lawsuit against the Foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Where should America's Next Great Restaurant launch?

    ​NBC has launched its search for America's Next Great Restaurant, playing Sundays on channel 11 at 7 p.m. in the local market. The job of four culinary celebrities (chef Bobby Flay and Steve Ells, founder of the Chipotle chain among them) over the next few weeks is to winnow the concepts--Wok: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Chino Latino's Tuan Nguyen: Chef Chat, part 2

    Lisa Gulya​Today we continue our talk with Chino Latino's executive chef, Tuan Nguyen. Nguyen, who has worked at Goodfellow's in Minneapolis and Wolfgang Puck Café in Las Vegas, is no stranger to the dangers of restaurant work. "I learn from my mistakes," says Nguyen, so he doesn't mind shar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Chino Latino's Tuan Nguyen: Chef Chat, part 1

    ​Noticed the new Chino Latino billboards? No, they're not as outrageous/enraging as its past campaigns. These billboards feature the supersized eye of the restaurant's new executive chef, Tuan Nguyen. Nguyen, Chino Latino's first Asian executive chef, joins the restaurant 25 years into his car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Steph Hedrick of Jack's: Chef Chat, part 3

    Lisa GulyaExecutive Chef Steph Hedrick of Jack's​"I call the burger the gateway drug of the restaurant," says Steph Hedrick, executive chef of Jack's, a south Minneapolis restaurant and coffee shop. Read on to find out why Hedrick takes such pride in the burger at Jack's and how she hopes to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Barbette's Kim Bartmann: Chef Chat, part 3

    Barbette, one of Kim Bartmann's restaurants loved for its french fries​Today we present the final part of our interview with Minneapolis restaurant owner and manager Kim Bartmann. (You can read part 1 and part 2 here.) Bartmann talks about future plans for her six Minneapolis eateries and exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Sun Street Breads' Solveig Tofte: chef chat, part 3

    Martin Ouimet​This is the last installment of our interview with baker Solveig Tofte, whose baked goods and quick laugh will go public again in mid-March when Tofte opens her own bakery/breakfast spot, Sun Street Breads. Today Tofte reveals her pyromaniac side and shares a recipe with readers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Don Saunders of In Season: Chef Chat, part 2

    Christine ChovanChef Don Saunders of In Season restaurant​Today we continue our talk with Don Saunders, chef of the new In Season restaurant in south Minneapolis. (Here's part 1 of the interview.) Saunders, who first entered the Twin Cities restaurant scene as a server, tells us about a clums ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2008

    Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Filming at BLB Tomorrow

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    It's your chance to be seen on the Food Network and eat for free at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

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    April 18, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 4/18: Poems for Breakfast

    Poetry's like breakfast. It's best when you have it every day. Here's a new poem by a Minnesota writer, and a chance for you to submit some of your own. Plus, news: we breaks it.

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    December 4, 2007

    Breakfast of Champions: 12/4

    Much multimedia coming this evening in advance of this week's print issue. This morning we've got a new slideshow from the No Coast Craft-o-Rama, three new Blotter posts, plus the links of the day inside.

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    December 3, 2007
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    November 28, 2007

    Breakfast of Champions: 11/28

    Besides the stories from our print issue and related web-exclusive content, we bring you an update of Boy, Interrupted, our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    Reservations with Anthony Bourdain

    One only has to tune in to the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservatio ... More >>

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    November 26, 2007
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    November 26, 2007

    Reservations with Anthony Bourdain

    One only has to tune in to the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Guess your present: Books edition

    Here are the top-selling books heading toward Minneapolis just in time for Christmas, according to

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    March 20, 2005

    The Walker Without Walls

    Or at least office furniture and ugly Teflon exterior The new Walker Art Center opens April 17, and if the opening were anything like Star Wars, we'd be setting up camp outside the steel cube for three weeks. Not only to be the first to check out the expanded exhibit space (10.000 square feet), whic ... More >>