Paul Berglund had been in this spot twice before, but never won.
Monday night though, The Bachelor Farmer chef was able to officially claim the title of Best Chef: Midwest from the James Beard Foundation.
Berglund was one of two Minnesota finalists, both in the Best Chef: Midwest category. The other was Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St. Paul. (Russo's been a finalist five times now).
The duo were whittled down from a dozen semifinalists from Minnesota.
Background on Berglund
Berglund, according to his site bio, was born in St. Louis and went to the University of Michigan before becoming an officer in the U.S. Navy.
His cooking career started in Oakland, where he went from line cook to chef de cuisine at Oliveto.
In 2010, he and his wife moved to Minneapolis (she was studying at the University of Minnesota), and after a year learning the baking basics, Berglund joined The Bachelor Farmer as its opening chef.
The Bachelor Farmer and its accompanying Marvel Bar have been highly regarded among foodies for years now.
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