Minnesota Cooks brings something rare to the fair--gourmet cooking

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Local chefs cooking today at the fair.
At the Minnesota State Fair we all make mistakes. With temptations on every corner, before you know it you've run out of money and inhaled a week's worth of calories. But there is one place to find gourmet, healthy cooking: Minnesota Cooks, an annual event pairing local chefs with local farms in Carousel Park to make fancy dishes like pimento-smoked pork belly and buffalo pot roast.

In its sixth year, the Minnesota Cooks program will take place today, the only Tuesday of the fair. Grab a seat in the audience to learn cooking techniques and sample dishes from chefs Lucia Watson, Paul Lynch, Mike Phillips, and many more. Armed with goods from local farms, chefs cook side-by-side and have 45 minutes to cook their pants off before being judged by local personalities like Mark Mallman and Don Shelby.

Minnesota Cooks audience
Photo: Crystal Grobe
Viewers enjoy bluegrass music in between chef demonstrations.
Come and go as you please; this is a free event, but you'll want to come early to get a front row seat. The event starts at 9a.m. and runs all day. Find the Minnesota Cooks schedule here.

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