Edit ModuleShow Tags

From Grand Cafe to a Michelin 3-Star Restaurant

Erik Anderson was behind the most significant Twin Cities restaurant to open this year. Now he's being called away to the opportunity of a lifetime


Published:

Well, I hope you got to enjoy Erik Anderson's cooking at the short-lived Scena Tavern in Uptown, or during his longer stint at Grand Cafe, because Anderson is gone. He just got called to the join big leagues of cooking at Coi in San Francisco. Coi was just awarded a third Michelin star.


JAMIE MALONE AND ERIK ANDERSON, 2016

"This is absolutely the most significant culinary news ever to come out of the Twin Cities," wrote Tim McKee on Facebook. Tim is the chef/owner at OctoFish and the legendary chef behind La Belle Vie. "The fact that one of our own was chosen to lead one of only 14 Michelin three-star restaurants in the United States is profound," he added.

Coi shares that title with Alinea and Grace in Chicago; Eleven Madison Park and Per Se in New York City; The French Laundry in Napa Valley—this is big stuff. Reached via text last night, Anderson told me that nothing bad happened to cause him to leave Grand Cafe. Simply: "I had an opportunity to take over a pretty iconic three-Michelin-star restaurant." Coi's current chef Matthew Kirkley left to train for an international culinary competition, the Bocuse d'Or, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Anderson has spent time at Noma and French Laundry. He opened Catbird Street in Nashville. He and Grand Cafe partner Jamie Malone also provided some of the best meals I've had in town over the last two years. Grand Cafe is a truly ambitious restaurant—a neighborhood spot with some of the most lovely and adventurous cooking happening here. (Check out my and Joy's review.) It's a big deal to step up to a three-star restaurant. I wouldn't be worried about Grand Cafe, though.


Grand Cafe

"My vision is still steady and clear, as it has been from the beginning," Malone told me. According to the chef, Anderson "actually has not been a part of the Grand for a couple of months." Chef Alan Hlebean is still running the kitchen, as he has been since the first day of operations. Hlebean got his start as a 16-year-old cooking for Steven Brown at Restaurant Levain. He worked at The French Laundry, at Catbird Seat with Anderson, and then at Grand Cafe. "We have a new and incredible general manager, Nikki Klocker; the three us are very aligned and will continue to strive to make Grand Cafe a magical place that is serving some of the best food in the country," Malone says.

So, good news all around. Congrats to Anderson for achieving what many chefs dream of and few achieve. And continued success to Malone and her team at Grand Cafe, who continue pushing the envelope and refining their service to give a one-of-a-kind experience at a neighborhood restaurant. 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Up Your 4th of July Party Game with This Edible Showstopper

Independence Day is almost upon us and it is the best excuse to break out the water balloons, invite a slew of neighbors over and feast before the fireworks.

Pryes Brewery Opens Taproom to Test Beer in Warm, Wooden Space

Elegant yet easygoing, Pryes’ new taproom lets visitors experience exclusive beers and locally made food in an inviting environment.

Vietnamese Marinated and Caramel Glazed Back Ribs Recipe

Bring the sweet and tangy taste of Asian cooking to your backyard grill

Bourbon, French fries, Pride, and Fried Chicken

Three must-eat dishes for this week

Mixed Berry Care & Handling

Summer is heating up! Take care of your ripe berries.

Maybe the city's most underrated restaurant, Heyday tries to figure out tipping

A 15-percent service fee supposedly takes care of tipping—but does it go to the server?

French fries, chocolate chip cookies, and a new twist on the iced latte

Three Twin Cities treats from the Lynhall, Sandcastle, and Meritage

Celebrating Father's Day

This Father's Day, let's treat our dads to some special treats

Linguine in Creamy Basil-Avocado Sauce with Seared Scallops Recipe

The creamy richness of avocados makes for a perfect pasta sauce in this homemade restaurant-quality meal
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags