A Twin Cities chef is leaving for one of the world's best restaurants

Erik Anderson bought the Grand Cafe with Jamie Malone earlier this year.

The Twin Cities culinary scene is losing one of its best chefs, as he's off to helm one of the top restaurants in the world.

Erik Anderson has been announced as the new executive chef at Coi in San Francisco, with SF Eater reporting he's currently working on a new menu that will go live in January.

What about his Twin Cities projects?

The timing might be considered surprising. 

It was only in March this year that Anderson, with fellow chef and partner Jamie Malone, announced they had bought the Grand Cafe in south Minneapolis, with Malone set to run the kitchen.

Anderson and Malone had another restaurant concept, Brut, in the works for years, with the Business Journal reporting it's not clear what Anderson's new gig means for this venture.

Anderson and Malone worked together at Sea Change at the Guthrie Theater, where Anderson was head chef. They have also both previously been named "Best New Chefs" by Food & Wine.

What's in store for Anderson in San Francisco?

In taking over at Coi, Anderson will be in charge of a restaurant that was just this fall awarded 3 Stars by the Michelin Guide – the highest honor in the culinary world.

To put that into perspective, there are currently only 14 restaurants in the U.S. with 3 Michelin Stars (half of them are in San Francisco), and only around 120 in the world.

Taking over from outgoing executive chef Matt Kirkley, Anderson told the Eater: "It’s very exciting to me, I’m getting exposed to a lot of different products here. Matt [Kirkley] and I are obviously different chefs, but it’ll be refined, technique-driven food. That’s not going to change." 

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