Minnesota's Newest Food Network Star Debuts Saturday

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Amy Thielen hosts Heartland Table
We're used to eating local, but what about watching local? This weekend Amy Thielen, a Minnesota-grown chef with a New York pedigree will premiere her new show, Heartland Table, on the Food Network.

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Some are already calling her Minnesota's answer to The Pioneer Woman. There are some similarities, she is Midwestern-bred and moved to the country to raise her family, but her culinary background is a bit more refined.


Amy Thielen hails from Park Rapids, Minnesota, a town of just over 3,600 people. She left to attend Macalester in St. Paul where she earned an English degree. After college she returned to her hometown with her husband Aaron, an artist. She began cooking part-time at a local diner. 

She and Aaron decided to transplant to New York City, where they lived for  seven years. Amy spent time behind the line at the prestigious restaurants of chefs like Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Shea Gallante.

They came home to raise their son, moving back into their rural, log cabin. How rural? It's country enough that they didn't have running water or electricity until 2008. Amy began cooking from scratch, depending on the ingredients available at their small-town grocery store and grown in her garden.

She began writing about Midwestern food and her articles were published in Saveur Magazine, Men's Journal, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She won a James Beard award for Journalism for her recipes and writing that appeared in the Taste section at the Star Tribune, which then led to a two-book deal with Clarkson Potter.

Her first book, The New Midwestern Table will be released September 24th. 

The show will premiere this Saturday September 14th at 9:30 am local time. For more on Amy Thielen, check out her blog.


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Hah, sounds like a typical Mac grad. Pay 150K for a degree then work in a job you could have done without said degree because you're an "artist"

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