Chef of the Year: Katee McLean, Krokstrom Klubb & Market

Katee McLean’s mission is to make Scandinavian food approachable. At Krokstrom Klubb & Market, which she runs with husband and business partner, Josh Rogers, McLean’s menu features dishes that would generally never be found outside of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. She draws inspiration from her heritage – her grandmother’s maiden name was Krokstrom – and offers everything from smørrebrød (a Danish open-faced sandwich on rye) to pickled herring and, yes, Swedish meatballs. McLean’s true talent comes in taking traditional dishes – like tunnbrödsrulle, an eclectic combination of a hot dog, lefse, mashed potatoes, shrimp salad, cucumber and curried ketchup – and presenting them with precision, art and heart. (Photo by Zach Bauman)

Krokstrom Klubb & Market, klubbkrokstrom.com

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