Minneapolis to Me – Jordan Swiler

Minneapolis to Me (MtM) is a segment where we feature someone with a connection to Minneapolis. Our goal with this is you to introduce you to people you may otherwise not get the pleasure to know, and hopefully learn an interesting nugget or two.

This week, meet Jordan Swiler!


Chef Jordan Swiler was appointed to lead the culinary operations at Café & Bar Lurcat in Minneapolis in September 2016. Prior to that, he spent two years in Naples, FL as an executive sous chef at The Continental, a modern day steakhouse and craft cocktail bar that he helped to open and establish.

Before that, he spent four years working in the kitchen at Lurcat, first as a line cook and then as sous chef, so he was already familiar with the property, its menu and operations when he returned to lead the kitchen as Chef. During that time, he learned how to move with speed and accuracy, and that a positive guest experience is a top priority.

Let’s find out a little bit more about him:

Where do you live?

Where did you grow up?

What do you do for a living?
Executive Chef, Café and Bar Lurcat.

How would you describe the restaurant scene in Minneapolis?
Supportive and booming.

Where do you get your inspiration as a chef?
I love buying used cook books, both classic and modern. Living in Minneapolis, it is hard not to be inspired by all of the talented chefs in town. I eat out a lot, and I always feel so fortunate to be a part of such a unique food scene.

What’s your favorite thing to cook when you’re not working?
I don’t cook too much at my apartment, mostly just quick and easy meals after spending so many hours in the restaurant. When I visit my parents in Edina, I love using their kitchen. I like to create meals for them from what they might not think of using.

Where’s your favorite place to go in the Twin Cities and why?
I love seeing shows at the Orpheum theatre. The architecture and energy there is amazing. For food, lately I find myself at Brasa quite a bit.

What do you love most about the city?
I love how progressive it is. For a relatively small city, the culture here has always been inspiring to me.

When you leave town, what do you look forward to most when you come home?
Seeing family and friends.

Winters in Minneapolis – yay or nay?
Yay. I just spent the last two winters in Florida. I am excited to lace up my hockey skates again.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I just want to learn and grow in the kitchen. I want to be able to show younger cooks how gratifying this work can be. I would not be here without the help and guidance of those who took the time to teach me, and I want to return the favor.

What’s a little-known fact about you?
I am turning 30 in February.

For more information on Cafe Lurcat and to check out their new menu, please click here.


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