2011 Local Chef Challenge

Free! March 26 & 27, 2011 at Mall of America

Minnesota Monthly’s 3rd Annual Local Chef Challenge will be held at the Best Buy® Rotunda at Mall of America®. Eight local chefs will compete in elimination heats, advancing until there are only two chefs remaining for Sunday’s final duel—where one chef will walk away with bragging rights and $10,000.

Congratulations to our winner, Chef Vincent Francoual!



Vincent Francoual vs. Judi Barness
Winner: Francoual
Secret Ingredients: scallops, pine nuts, artichoke, Kim chee

Erik Anderson vs. Michael DeCamp
Winner: Decamp
Secret Ingredients: octopus, fennel, banana chips, jalapeño

J.D. Fratzke vs. Kevin Kathman
Winner: Fratzke
Secret Ingredients: fluke, watermelon radishes, grapefruit, yogurt pretzels

Scott Graden vs. Jack Riebel
Winner: Riebel
Secret Ingredients: barramundi, broccoli, olives and orange gummi bunnies


Vincent Francoual vs. Michael DeCamp
Winner: Francoual
Secret Ingredients: goose breast, quail egg, jicama, Oreos

J.D. Fratzke vs. Jack Riebel
Winner: J.D. Fratzke
Secret Ingredients: buffalo, beets, gorgonzola, organic ginger snaps


Vincent Francoual vs. J.D. Fratzke
First Place: Francoual – $10,000
Second Place: Fratzke – $1,000
Secret Ingredients: kumquats, pistachios, marscapone, chow mein noodles



Jack Riebel,
Dakota Jazz Club
Erik Anderson,
Sea Change
Kevin Kathman,
Vincent Francoual,
Mike DeCamp,
La Belle Vie
JD Fratzke,
The Strip Club
Scott Graden,
New Scenic Café
Judi Barsness,
Chez Jude



  Cheryl Tiegs,
Cambria Brand
Advocate & Supermodel
  Dara Moskowitz

Dining Critic,
Minnesota Monthly
Jason DeRusha
TV reporter,


  Jason Ross
Chef Instructor,
LeCordon Bleu

 * Click here to download competitor bios and schedule (pdf).

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