adidas tracksuit sale La Belle Vie taps Niki Francioli as executive pastry chef
If you follow the careers of local chefs, you’ll know that La Belle Vie has turned out the majority of the culinary rock star talent in the Twin Cities. In addition to Francioli, other top tier La Belle Vie pastry chefs have included the likes of Adrienne Odom, Michelle Gayer, and of course Diane Yang.
“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for 12 years. Since I started in pastry, this was my goal,” says Francioli. “This is the most prestigious position for a pastry chef in the Twin Cities. It’s what I’ve been working for my entire career.”
Filling Yang’s shoes is certainly a big job, as Yang has one of the most illustrious pastry careers in town. In addition to La Belle Vie, her resume includes Solera, Aquavit, and Heyday, and she has consulted at a variety of other high profile restaurants, such as Haute Dish, Icehouse, and the newly opened 6Smith.
Chef Diane Yang makes the move to Gavin Kaysen’s Merchant
La Belle Vie has undergone a slew of high profile departures over the past year, including front of house maven Lorin Zinter, main wine guy Bill Summerville, bartender extraordinaire Johnny Michaels, and now pastry queen Diane Yang. Could this mark a new era for La Belle Vie? Are they starting to train a second wave of future knockout chefs to fill the looming cook shortage in the Twin Cities? Only time will tell, but as La Belle Vie has a track record that features James Beard Award nominations and winners as well as Food Wine best new chefs, we can only imagine that good things lie ahead.