Great chefs of Minnesota: D'Amico's Jay Sparks

  • Article by: Rick Nelson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 25, 2013 - 9:53 AM

Low-profile but high-impact D’Amico executive chef Jay Sparks has quietly improved the local dining landscape while mentoring a generation of chefs.

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JMHANSONApr. 25, 1310:22 AM

Great profile. Long overdue and well deserved. Over the years I've frequently heard chefs across the TC restaurant community speak of Jay with the highest respect. While he's not comfortable in the spotlight, he deserves to be recognized.

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sooperheroApr. 25, 1312:29 PM

Very well deserved piece. It speaks volumes about how many talented, local chefs have worked for him, and that they all still have the utmost respect for him. Kudos to Jay; kudos to D'Amico.

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here2learnApr. 25, 13 1:39 PM

I had the honor and pleasure to work under Chef Jay in the D'Amico Cucina days. He is everything this article conveys and more. He pushed to everyone become more than what they thought they were. His expectation of excellence and disgust at mediocrity made the environment electric. Even today, I hold him on a pedestal as the boss I wish I had everywhere I've been since. And no the notion that he is the mentor of all mentors is not inflated. Can you tell? I love this guy (in the most professional sort of way, of course!) Thank you for giving him his well deserved kudos.

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lawyerjimApr. 25, 13 3:23 PM

Nice story but how can you mention a dish with a name like "roasted Poblano-Chicharron Carbonara" in the Taste section and not offer up the recipe. I started salivating and then discovered no recipe within. I was thinking I had my Friday dinner all lined up, but no.

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