The Chef Camp team:

DAVE FRIEDMAN

is a founding partner in boutique law firm Friedman Iverson, which serves creative businesses including food industry startups.

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Rose Daniels

is the creative director of Chef Camp. She's responsible for camp's look and feel. As owner of Rose & Co. design studio, she loves working with food brands on design and styling. 

NICK ZDON

teaches skills classes at Chef Camp, such as knife sharpening and cast iron maintenance. Nick is a graphic designer and was formerly the in-house knife and axe expert at Best Made Company

JAMES NORTON

Heavy Table editor James Norton has been covering food and drink from roots to table in the Upper Midwest for more than six years.

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BECCA DILLEY

is a former camp counselor and lifelong camp person. She is an editorial, portrait and wedding photographer. In 2016, her watermelon pickles won Blue ribbon at the Minnesota State fair.


Camp counselors:

BRIDGIT MARUSKA

is former director of Camp Miller, Chef Camp's home. She once was the director of a summer camp hosting the families of the biggest names in Hollywood—she learned that if anyone sheds their fancy layers and throws on a camp tee, their true spirit is revealed.

CLAUDIA HOLT

never got to go to sleep-away camp as a kid. It's not so much that she wasn't allowed, but rather that she was too scared, but she tells people she wasn't allowed because it's less embarrassing. She also sings in a choir and a jug band. In a previous life, she used to plan a zombie pub crawl.

CARRIE NOBLE

loves early mornings at camp and the bleary-eyed bonding that happens when the coffee is first set out. In her home kitchen, she brews beer and kombucha, and cooks out of cast iron. Other loves include making maple syrup up at Sapsucker Farms, and an oversized black lab named Ernie. 

KRISTEN OLSON

is the founder and content creator of Bourbon and Honey When not shaking up boozy cocktails, experimenting with new flavors and ingredients or creating delicious recipes, she’s managing food content for General Mills.

TOM JOHNSON

is co-owner of Fresh Bar, a refrigerated snack bar company based in Minneapolis. This is Tom's second year as a Chef Camp counselor, and he's looking forward to laying on the dock with a belly full of fine cooking and cocktails looking for the Northern Lights again this year.