Meet Chef Nels Tryggestad
Check out our interview with Nels below to learn about his cooking style, background in the industry, and sources of inspiration.
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from when creating new dishes?
A: I like to take well known dishes and flavor combinations that people are familiar with, try to understand why those flavors work together and find other similar ingredients that react the same way. It’s fascinating to me that cultures across the world could almost be cooking the same “dish” but with different ingredients.
Q: How would you describe your cooking style?
A: Classically trained with a left side brain. I love respecting the classics but pushing the envelope on flavor, freshness and plating.
Q: What do you consider the highlight of your career so far?
A: Being named one of Minnesota’s Best New Restaurants in 2022 by Minnesota Monthly.
Q: What’s your favorite dish to order at a restaurant?
A: Fresh ravioli or a citrusy light dessert.
Q: What's your most used cookbook?
A: The French Laundry by far!
Q: Where did your love for cooking come from?
A: Homemade lefse and all day spaghetti sauces with my mom.
Q: Who has influenced your cooking the most and the type of things you like to make?
A: All the chefs that have pushed me to work harder have been the main influencers in my life. If it came down to one singular ‘team’, I would have to say all of my former coworkers from Vivo. I’ve never been in a building so flush with talent and hardworking individuals.
To learn more about Nels, and to sample some of his creative dishes, join us on Thursday, May 25th. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling 218-540-1932.
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