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Stewart Woodman (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

An exciting approach to modern cuisine, incredible creativity and unparalleled technique has made Chef Stewart Woodman and his Minneapolis restaurant a dining destination for foodies all over the country.

Woodman received an exemplary education studying under some of the world’s most celebrated chefs including Alain Ducasse, Jean George and Michael Romano.  Following stints at Le Bernadin, Essex House and Jean George in New York, Woodman served as the consulting chef for the openings of Minneapolis restaurants Five and Levain before being catapulted to the spotlight in 2006 when he was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine.

In October 2007, Woodman opened Heidi’s, which quickly became the gem of the Twin Cities, earning local and national critical acclaim.  Woodman’s alter-ego, Shefzilla, was born in 2010 with the launch of his popular culinary blog under that name (  .  The outspoken James Beard Award semi-finalist talks food, politics and the restaurant industry on his popular national blog.  YouTube videos, personal anecdotes and discussion of the culinary world and current events punctuate Woodman’s blog, and it illicits a constant flow of commentary and questions from readers all across the country – all of which he personally responds to.  Later that year, he published ‘Shefzilla: Conquering Haute Cuisine At Home’. 

On the heels of Heidi’s Minneapolis’ success, Woodman and his wife announced the opening of a second restaurant concept, Birdhouse On Hennepin, which is expected to open in May 2012. 

Since opening its doors in 2007, Heidi’s Minneapolis has been a dining destination for locals and tourists alike.  Owned by husband-and-wife team Stewart and Heidi Woodman, the restaurant’s ever-changing menu is known for its astonishing creativity and remarkably simplicity.  The intimate restaurant has mastered the task of offering delicious, upscale cuisine at affordable prices.  In addition to being named Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine in 2006, Stewart has received critical acclaim nationwide for his culinary talents and impressive skills. 

Heidi’s Minneapolis is located in Minneapolis at 2903 Lyndale Ave S. and can be reached at (612) 354-3512




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