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Who's behind the uptick in Twin Cities dining caliber? In this occasional series, we'll look at local chefs who are changing the direction of Minnesota restaurants.
Marshall Paulsen of the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis.
“Anyone who sees our kitchen is amazed that we can do the menu that we do,” said owner Tracy Singleton. “I never thought of us as chef-driven, chef-identified, whatever the term is. But that’s one thing that Marshall has brought to us. He has put the food in the spotlight.”
It’s true. Now approaching its 18th year, the Birchwood has never tasted better.)
Chef-owner John Kraus, of Patisserie 46.
This is the time of year when bakeries should be in spotlights - none more so than Patisserie 46, with the glow on John Kraus.
Jamie Malone's sense of humor shows a little while taking her portrait.
Chef Shack co-owners Lisa Carlson, left, and Carrie Summer.
Sameh Wadi of Saffron is one of the state's top chefs.
The Travail team of chefs with the owners.
Travail isn't where you might expect it to be, its young chefs are a little scruffy and its food pushes the envelope. Yet its chefs have earned national attention -- and the first spot in our Great Chefs series.
Saffron co-owners Saed Wadi, left, and chef Sameh Wadi.
REVIEW: The Minneapolis restaurant's gifted chef steers his restaurant in a slightly new direction. Deliciousness follows in its wake.
The collective group of chefs at Travail have a unique formula for serving diners and it appears to be very successful.
The Travail crew with owners
A new series that highlights culinary excellence in the Twin Cities.
Chef Travis Stanfield takes care of the family table on a recent Wednesday.
Sea scallops at Travail.
In downtown Robbinsdale, molecular gastronomy -- with a side of bar basics -- is sold at blue-collar prices. It's a remarkable, spirited enterprise.
Sameh Wadi, Chef at Saffron
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