Michelle, besides being one of my favorite folks in our town's food world, is the most critically acclaimed pastry chef in the Twin Cities. She's a James Beard “Best Chef” nominee, and the editors of Bon Appétit magazine named her the “Best Pastry Chef" in America in 2002. Michelle is an alum of Charlie Trotter’s and Trotter’s To Go in Chicago, having cowritten Charlie Trotter’s Desserts with the acclaimed super-chef. In 2005, she came to Minneapolis to run the pastry world at Franklin Street Bakery.
And what of Adrienne Odom, a woman who should have received several James Beard nods of her own for any of the last five years? She's off to NYC to take over the pastry kitchens at Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Scandinavia House restaurants in New York City. In an e-mail to me on Monday, Tim told me that:
Adrienne is going back to New York to be the Executive Pastry Chef for all of Marcus Samuelsson's restaurants, there are a few more in the works. It is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I couldn't be more happy for her, although we will certainly miss her.
All of these people are class acts, and it's a quad win: Marcus, Michelle, Adrienne, and Tim are all coming out on the plus side of this equation. Nice.