Chef Erik Anderson
In Residence: May 14, 2015 - July 25, 2015
Erik Anderson’s culinary career blends his diverse experience and artistic spirit. Born and raised in Chicago, Anderson spent much of his childhood at his parents’ restaurant where he discovered his passion for experimenting with various ingredients and culinary techniques.
Anderson embarked on his career in the hospitality industry in 2006 at Chef Thomas Keller’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, The French Laundry, in Yountville, California. Anderson then moved to Minneapolis for a sous chef position at Auriga under Doug Flicker, the chef he now considers his mentor. After three years working with Flicker, Anderson departed for a position at Hotel Ivy’s Porter & Frye, where he served as part of the restaurant’s opening team ultimately assuming the role of chef de cuisine.
In 2009, Anderson brought his creativity to Tim McKee’s Sea Change Restaurant & Bar, where he worked as chef de cuisine building menus focused on sustainable seafood and seasonal ingredients. Anderson’s cooking at Sea Change garnered nationwide attention and marked a pinnacle in his career, being named a James Beard Foundation Award nominee.
After staging at the prestigious Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Anderson relocated to Nashville to co-helm the kitchen at The Catbird Seat. At The Catbird Seat, now considered one of Nashville’s most ground-breaking restaurants, he delivered an ever-changing, ten-course tasting menu in an interactive format. In 2012, Anderson was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs.” The following year, the magazine bestowed him with the additional honor of being named “Best New Chef All Star”, where a talent from each class of past 25 years was highlighted. The Catbird Seat also received accolades including Bon Appétit’s “Best New Restaurants in America” and one of GQ Magazine’s “Top Ten Best New Restaurants in America.” Anderson has also appeared on the PBS Series The Mind of a Chef and Vice’s Munchies.
In the fall 2015, Anderson plans to open Brut, a Modern French restaurant in Minneapolis with partner, Jamie Malone.