Shaking more than salt and pepper: Sexy chefs show off in acclaimed restaurant's calendar


Forget the sexy firefighter calendar. A Twin Cities restaurant has the perfect stocking stuffer for any food lover to enjoy over the next year.

Award-winning chefs from around the metro got greased-up and dressed-up for the second edition of Travail Kitchen and Amusements' sexy chef calendar.

"We have had so much fun shooting this one, we still got some zombies, some guests chef, but we definitely upped our game and shortened our shorts for this one," Travail says on its website.

Chefs at Travail, along with Landon Schoenefeld (head chef at Haute Dish), Gavin Kaysen (owner and chef of the newly opened Spoon and Stable) and Jack Riebel (former executive chef at Butcher and the Boar), dressed as wrestlers, roller disco partiers, and recreated "Coyote Ugly" for the calendar, Eater Minneapolis notes. (See more photos below.)

Check out behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot with photographer Travis Anderson:

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Travail reopened in Robbinsdale earlier this year after raising nearly $256,000 on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It also used last year's calendar (see photos here) to entice additional donations for the restaurant's reopening. The 2014 edition is available online, meaning everyone can more easily bring the sexy chefs home.

Pre-order the calendar for $18 here and Travail will make sure it gets to you in time for the holidays, saying on its Facebook page, "You know grandma would love to share each and everyday with us!"

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the wrestler photo shoot by photographer Travis Anderson (

The photo below was taken after the calendar shoot at the roller garden, Anderson says (he's in the splits in the front). It also features chefs Riebel, Kaysen, Doug Flicker, Alex Roberts and Steven Brown, he told BringMeTheNews.

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