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Tom Linderholm, Dining Services Executive Chef
Executive Chef Tom Linderholm is an area outdoor enthusiast, Lake Superior charter captain and a
seasoned Executive Chef. His passions paired together have given him the great ability to prepare local/
regional fish and game in a way only a true outdoorsman can. Tom’s career began in some of the best
restaurants in Minneapolis where he learned the basics of scratch cooking with some of the area’s best
chefs. It was there that he learned why certain ingredients complimented individual dishes.
After a several years in Minneapolis, Tom moved to the mountains of Beaver Creek where he spent
three years at one of Colorado’s top ten restaurants, Beano’s Cabin. During his tenure he had the
opportunity to work with the various local game, stream trout, foraged mushrooms and front range
crops. The ingredients available there helped Tom to develop his own methods and preparations of
some of his favorite cuisine.
Those interests and talents continued to develop on the North Shore of Lake Superior with Duluth based
Odyssey Resorts where Tom dubbed “North Shore Cuisine” as Odyssey’s Corporate Chef using various
ethnic and regional influences on his menus. During his 11 year tenure, he built three restaurants,
multiple grand events and ice bars and influenced hundreds of culinary staff in the area. Tom has
created countless North Shore dishes distinguishing him as one of the premier chefs in our area.
The move to the University of Minnesota-Duluth has been a welcome one for Chef Linderholm. He is
embracing the challenge of blending his knowledge of regional/local fair with the current University