About Us

Since 2003, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) has been an instrumental force behind the local food movement in Minnesota. That year, MFU created Minnesota Cooks™, a program devoted to celebrating and highlighting the partnerships between Minnesota’s dedicated family farmers and talented chefs, cooks and restaurant owners from around the state who work tirelessly to highlight farm-fresh foods on their menus.

The idea that farms and restaurants could work together directly to support and help each other succeed was still far from mainstream back in 2003, but that didn’t stop Minnesota’s innovative community from galvanizing and forging powerful business relationships, resulting in a new food system for our state revolving around local foods. Since its creation, Minnesota Cooks’s mission has been to highlight these critical partnerships, tell their stories and help drive consumers toward Minnesota-grown foods.

Through our one-day event at the Minnesota State Fair and an accompanying calendar sent to MFU members, Minnesota Cooks strengthens the health and fabric of Minnesota’s farms, restaurants, households and economy by connecting consumers with locally grown foods. Minnesota Cooks ultimately demonstrates that locally grown food is a viable economic opportunity for some farmers.

The Team

Bruce Miller


Bruce Miller is the Director of Minnesota Cooks. He also serves as the Membership and Outreach Director for Minnesota Farmers Union. He is a partner with Minnesota Public Television on the creation of the Upper Midwest Emmy award-winning television program Farm Fresh Road Trip. Bruce serves as a member of the board of directors for the Minnesota Film Commission and is a member of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Science.


Claudine Arndt


Claudine Arndt is the manager of Minnesota Cooks, acting as the team lead organizing Minnesota Cooks Day at the Minnesota State Fair, an annual, all-day celebration featuring family farmers and chefs demonstrating locally grown and raised foods. She is the author of the stories featured in the annual Minnesota Cooks calendar. Claudine is also an Integrative Nutrition Counselor with Wellness with Claudine, specializing in digestive and hormonal health.


Katie Cannon


Katie Cannon is the photographer for the Minnesota Cooks program and annual calendar and for the public television program Farm Fresh Road Trip. She is the principal in her photography business, Katie Cannon Photography, focusing on environmental and lifestyle photography of food, families, farms, and travel.


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