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Jim Christiansen; Heyday, Minneapolis
Jim Christiansen is that rare cook who has both McDonald’s and Noma on his résumé. As a teenager, he worked the fry station at the fast-food chain; later, he made elegant French food at La Belle Vie in Minneapolis. But the dishes at Heyday most strongly evoke the Scandinavian restaurant where he interned: Noma in Copenhagen. Christiansen, a Minnesota native, prepares hyperseasonal recipes such as lamb tartare with pickled elderberry-flower buds, or vegetable bagna cauda, a combination of pickled, sautéed and grilled vegetables with dill oil.
Recipes from Jim Christiansen:
Grilled Pork Chops with Malt and Burnt Onion Glaze
Vegetable Bagna Cauda with Dill Oil