About The Foodie

Hi, I'm Nicholas, also known by some of my family and friends as chef Nicholas, the home chef. I absolutely love the culinary world, a world that is ever changing and we have some of the best food right here in 'Sota. What I enjoy most about the culinary world is trying something new, unique and well prepared.  Sometimes the dishes we come across are some of the finest creations, more often than not - it's at least enjoyable, and other times it should never be served again. That's where I come in! I want you - "To Know Before You Go!" Food Gnawledge is your source for knowing what restaurants you should take the time to check out as well as those you should, well, maybe consider staying away from.

Just say no to chains! I am not at all a fan of chains as I prefer to put my energy into finding, and sharing the very best one-of-a-kind, non-chained restaurants the Twin Cities has to offer. Why so harsh towards chains? Because most of what the chains have to offer is boring flavor and took little to no talent or effort to make. While we are local to the Twin Cities and spend most of our time here, there is plenty of good food scattered all of the Minnesota landscape. It's true, we will, on a very rare occasion, try a new chain to enter the market, but typically the response is the expected one - nothing exciting to brag about.

A big question still remains... Why should anyone consider listening to what I have to say? Some may call it being a food snob, but I see it as being the most honest and authentic review you will ever read thanks to a well rounded palette. You never know where we'll end up, but having Food Gnawledge in your back pocket will only help you in making a positive culinary decision.

A little more about Nicholas:

I was born in good ol' Cowtwon USA, South St. Paul, Mn. My parents and grandfather taught me how to play hockey at the early age of 3 and I continue to play today. My wife and I currently reside in Rosemount, Mn with our little monsters Easton and Oliver - who by the way, love food like mommy and daddy. We share a lot of the same interests and enjoy getting to experience new things together, like food.

We've enjoyed traveling together, where we've been able to enjoy some of the finest cuisine a person will find, prepared by some of the finest chefs and their teams. We're always trying new things and looking for the next adventure to add to, not only our culinary journey, but our journey through life.

When we're not out and about trying new foods, you can find me with my chef coat on in the kitchen preparing something delicious for the family to enjoy or putting my skills to the test and attempting to recreate something we enjoyed while dining out. Chef, Andrew Zimmern once said, "If it looks good, eat it!"