Guess Which Local Chef Penned an Anonymous Story for VICE?

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Col. Mustard can wield a pen, too.

Local food writers hold onto your hats -- and your jobs. An "anonymous" chef is writing for the national press, and it ain't half bad:

"When I walked back downstairs, my friend, who is the current chef there, was busy filling up gigantic bottles of brown mustard. I grabbed one, walked into the completely full dining room, made my way over to the bar, and projectile hosed this guy with a bottle of mustard."

Ha! Anonymous, shmanonymous. We know that chef...

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Chef Gavin Kaysen Coaches Bocuse d'Or 2015, the Culinary Olympics

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Local boy makes good: Gavin Kaysen is coaching this year's Bocuse d'Or team. It's the culinary Olympics.

The training starts months in advance. Every two years, the world's finest chefs converge on Lyon, France, to duke it out in starched whites for the culinary equivalent of the Olympic gold medal. The training involves daily physical workouts, leaving home restaurants behind for weeks at a time, and living in Lyon to get accustomed to the culture, the language, even the weather.

Why bother? For winners, it can be life-changing. "It can mean everything for your career -- the kinds of things you only dream about," says local chef célèbre Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable. This year he'll be coaching the next Bocuse d'Or hopeful from the U.S.

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Gavin Kaysen: "We Shouldn't Compete Against Chicago, That's Not Our Competition

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Great Food Truck Race Season 4 rolls through the Twin Cities

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This weekend the final four food trucks competing in Season 4 of the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race rolled through town peddling their wares. They teamed up with our local MN Food Truck Association to draw in the hungry crowds.

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Thomas Keller and Bouchon Bakery coming to La Belle Vie


Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel of Bouchon will be stopping in town to promote their new Bouchon Bakery cookbook along with a little help from local celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern and Tim McKee. A very special book signing will take place at La Belle Vie, and you're invited.

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A Coffee Date with Michael Pollan [Interview]

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Best Selling Author takes the time to talk to CP about a variety of issues

Last week New York Times best selling author and one of Time Magazine's 2010 Top 100 Most Influential People, Michael Pollan paid a visit to the Twin Cities to promote his new book, Cooked; A Natural History of Transformation. The book walks readers through a history of cooking while drawing attention to the greater implications of the industrialized food movement which has lead to an overall decline in home cooking.

Pollan is also the author of several other well known books including The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food; An Eaters Manifesto and Food Rules; An Eaters Manual. We had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Pollan over coffee at Downtown Minneapolis restaurant Mona, to not only discuss his new book, but also a variety of other topics which include the challenges of being a home cook in Minnesota in the wintertime.

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl adds a new gig

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Queen of most media: Dara coming to WCCO radio

Yesterday via her Facebook page, nationally lauded local dining critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl announced that beginning March 2 she will be hosting a new radio show on WCCO Radio every Saturday at 11 a.m. We caught up with Mpls/St. Paul magazine's senior editor to find out what we can expect to hear, what kind of wine pairs with pizza, and the kind of 'tude you can expect from a onetime City Pages reporter.

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Bruce Bradley, local novelist and blogger, exposes the food industry

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Former Nabisco and General Mills executive Bruce Bradley's new novel is a thriller set inside a corrupt food company

Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the walls of the big-food industry? Well, that's something local industry-insider-turned-author Bruce Bradley knows a little about. 

Bradley, who lives in Minneapolis, has spent over 15 years working as a marketing executive for some of the biggest food companies in America. We recently sat down with him to discuss his background, the industry, and his new fiction novel, a thriller that takes place within the realm of big food (and right here in Minneapolis).

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Andrew Zimmern wins James Beard Award

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Bizarre Foods guru Andrew Zimmern
Minnesota food celebrity and TV show host Andrew Zimmern has won a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Television Show on Location. His popular Bizarre Foods show is now in it's seventh season, with new episodes airing on the Travel Channel Mondays at 8 p.m.

The James Beard Awards are known as the Oscars of the food world. The foundation was set up in 1986 in honor of culinary pioneer James Beard.

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Chef's Night Off: Cook with the area's top chefs

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Learn from the masters at Kitchen in the Market
​Kitchen in the Market, the commercial kitchen and class space, is giving you a chance to cook alongside some of the Twin Cities' best-known chefs. The market has announced it is pairing with some of the area's top chefs and local food celebrities for a series of limited-attendance classes that will benefit an area charity.

Only a few of the chefs and "celebrity" names have been revealed, and we've got them.

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

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Ruth Bordain revealed

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 with Ruth's account at a food conference in North Carolina.  
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