James Beard Award Winning Chef
Rising Star 2008
Best Chef Midwest 2018
Vice President, Ment’Or BKB
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO TRAVEL FOR CULINARY EXPLORATION?
Every city in America I have yet to visit, there is so much to explore and such interesting culinary history here.
WHAT WOULD YOU WANT AS YOUR LAST MEAL?
A fresh pan of Rice Krispies, still warm, wooden spoon with marshmallows and cereal included.
MOST IMPORTANT KITCHEN RULE?
Messy station, messy mind.
CHEF DE CUISINE
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MOST UNDERRATED INGREDIENT IS? Black liquorice. Growing up in Denmark I always had it around me, but it is definitely not a favorite in the midwest.
WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR INSPIRATION? While the internet provides easy access to many creative ideas, I find that my greatest sources of inspiration are the people around me.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR OFF DAYS? My wife and I have a lot of fun learning how to make classic cocktails at home. But most likely you can find me at a park playing fetch with my dog, Crouton.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR CAREER PATH? I started working in hospitality over 15 years ago while going to school. Over time, I realized I would rather run around a restaurant, making people happy, than sit at a desk. Every day brings new, unique challenges and experiences, so it’s still exciting after all this time.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR DAYS OFF? I love sports and games – anything competitive, really. I spend my free time playing cards, chess, tennis, and golf, or watching pros do it better than me!
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION? In my career, I’ve been searching for a team of people with goals similar to mine- to welcome guests into our home and provide an experience we can be proud of. Throughout our team, everyone brings their talent, drive, and determination, and the end result is something special. That inspires me every day.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST INFLUENTIAL COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE?
The Cocktail Apprentice Program in New Orleans. It’s an international mentorship program designed to cultivate the bar industry’s up-and-coming professionals. I have had the opportunity to participate twice, and it has been invaluable to my professional development.
WHAT COCKTAIL BEST DESCRIBES YOU?The Hanky Panky. Equal parts London dry gin and sweet vermouth, with a splash of Fernet Branca. It was developed by now-famous bartender Ada Coleman of the Savoy Hotel bar in the early 1900’s. It’s tasty, a touch bitter, and fun to say.
EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF
WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR INSPIRATION?
I love color. Spring and summer are the seasons I have the most fun with on a plate. All produce is at its prime and delicious! I’ve also really learned to broaden my inspiration through the savory team here at Spoon and Stable.
MOST UNDERRATED INGREDIENT?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR DAYS OFF?
If you can’t find me in the kitchen, I’m zipping around town on my two wheels or at my home art studio while cooking myself a dinner full of veggies.
PRIVATE EVENTS MANAGER
I studied Nutrition in college. I love learning about food and how it impacts your life, both personally and professionally.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PAIRING AT SPOON AND STABLE?
I love oysters with champagne. Salinity + bubbles is my jam.
WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR DAYS OFF?
I’m usually outside running or in the kitchen baking something sweet.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PAIRING AT SPOON AND STABLE? There are so many different ways to pair and always new dishes so I’m always excited for each new one. However, the pork chop with tamarind glaze is a staple of the menu, and when it’s paired with riesling, you crave the next bite and sip.
WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR INSPIRATION? I listen to others in the industry, especially those who are making wine accessible and fun.There is always someone with a different viewpoint and experience you haven’t considered yet!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR DAYS OFF? Taking my dog to the dog park, golfing, or searching for a great sandwich around town.