2016 Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge

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 Honorary Emcee

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Photo Credit Kelly Loverud
Dessa is a rapper, a songwriter, an essayist, and a proud member of the Doomtree collective. Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. She’s has performed at nightclubs, theaters, and festivals across North America, Europe, Australia, and South Africa.
As a writer, she’s contributed to the Star Tribune, MN Monthly, and MPR. She’s also published two brief literary collections of her own: Spiral Bound (Doomtree Press) and A Pound of Steam (Rain Taxi).
With a B.A. in philosophy, Dessa has lectured at colleges, universities, and at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.  As part of the GreenNotes program, interviewed Michael Pollan and visited growers across the southeastern United States to investigate the relationship between food, money, and power. 

Celebrity Judges

Zoe Francois-returning judge from 2015

zoeBIO: My history in the kitchen: Long before I wrote books or created my blogs, while studying art at the University of Vermont, I was an ice cream cake maker at Ben & Jerry’s. Then came Zoe’s Cookies, a cookie company I started as a way to earn extra money. I baked outrageous gourmet cookies in a tiny apartment and sold them from a beautiful vending cart on Burlington’s Church Street and to a few wholesale accounts. Once I graduated with a BFA, I traveled through Europe to consume as much pastry and art as possible. When we returned to the states, my husband and I moved to Minneapolis, where I found the world of professional kitchens. I quickly decided I needed more formal training so I headed off to theCulinary Institute of America in New York. Since then I’ve been a pastry chef at several Twin Cities’ restaurants. I’ve worked with Steven Brown (Tilia), Andrew Zimmern (before he started eating crazy things) and other culinary geniuses. I was doing what I loved. Rick Nelson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune called my desserts “endlessly delicious… the best in town…inventive and flat-out gorgeous!”  Most recently Mpls/St Paul magazine named me as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the Twin Cities for the work I’ve done with Chef Brown at Tilia.

Lucia Watson-Winner of 1st Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge in 2014 returns in 2016 to judge!

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BIO: Former proprietor of Lucia’s restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis for 30 years, Lucia has been an important figure in the organic food and farm to table movement for many years. After earning a BA in French from the University of Minnesota , she pursued her cooking in numerous restaurants with diverse instruction, including her first level Master Sommelier certificate. Chef Watson has written two books: Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland with co author Beth Dooley, and Cooking Freshwater Fish. Lucia has been honored with many awards over the last few years, including a James Beard Nomination for best chef in the Midwest in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Lucia served a four year term on the Organic Advisory Task Force to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. She is also a former board member of the Chef’s Collaborative, and has served as broad chair for the Youth Farm and Market Project as well as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Lucia teaches and speaks throughout the year, often in support of sustainability and farming issues.
Beth Dooley-returning judge from 2014

Beth Dooley-returning judge from 2014

static1.squarespaceBIO: Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for thirty years: she writes for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, theTaste section of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, and Heavy Table and appears regularly on KARE 11 (NBC) television and MPRAppetites with Tom Crann. She is author of Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market CookbookThe Northern Heartland Kitchen  and coauthor with Lucia Watson of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland, among other books.In addition to writing about local food in the Northern Heartland, Beth guides local food trips for  via Taste of the Apostles.Beth has presented to college students and community groups. She also teaches cooking classes at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three sons.In addition to writing about local food in the Northern Heartland, Beth guides local food trips for Wilderness Inquiry via Taste of the Apostles.