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Stewart Woodman

2006 Best New Chef Award Profile
Stewart Woodman

Why he won Because after training at top restaurants from Vancouver to Manhattan, he's serving flawless modern-American food in Minneapolis.
Born Bellefonte, Pennsylvania; 1969.
Education SAIT Polytechnic in Alberta, Canada.
Experience The William Tell in Vancouver; Union Square Cafe, Lespinasse, Le Bernardin, Alain Ducasse at the Essex House and Jean Georges, all in New York City; Levain in Minneapolis.
Most humbling moment "At Union Square, I got to cook a steak for Julia Child. She didn't like it. I still have the ticket with her order on it. I was destroyed. I went and sat under the statue of Abraham Lincoln in Union Square Park and wondered if I should change course."
What he'd be if he wasn't a chef "All evidence to the contrary, I love fashion. So maybe I'd be a tailor."
Favorite thing about Minneapolis "I like how people relate to food here. There's less of a trend culture; they react to food very personally."
Guilty pleasure "I'm obsessed with potato chips. As a kid in Montreal, my favorite kind was Humpty Dumpty."

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Restaurants
Heidi's Minneapolis
2903 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN, United States
(612) 354-3512
1 recipes by Stewart Woodman

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