Chef Alan Bergo

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The Forager Chef

Chef Alan Bergo started cooking when he was 15. He worked his way through kitchens around Midwest Minnesota before moving to the Twin Cities to get a business degree from Hamline University. After leaving school, he couldn’t ignore his calling and pursued a culinary career full time. His formative years were spent working with 3 different Italian born chefs located around the Twin Cities, as well as being sous chef at nationally recognized Heartland Restaurant in St. Paul, where he helped curate the daily changing menu.

Bergo is most widely known as an authority on obscure and wild Midwestern food, especially mushrooms, which he began studying during his time at Heartland. As an experiment with a technology savvy friend, he launched his website: Forager | Chef in 2012 which he writes, photographs and formats. The website reaches over 1000 people per day, and allows him to connect with mushroom hunters and foragers from around the world.   

His work has appeared in various publications, most notably as food stylist and recipe tester for Lenny Russo’s Heartland: Farm Forward Dishes from the Great Midwest, recipe contributor to Tasting Minnesota, a Midwestern Cook book by Tom Thulen and Betsy Nelson and Favorite Mushroom Recipes-the cook book of the Cascade Mycological Society, 2014.

Bergo has rapport with national and regional publications and has been featured in: Experience Life Magazine, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Heirloom Gardener Magazine, The Daily Beast, Minnesota Monthly Magazine, Certified Piedmontese Magazine, Café Tecumseh Magazine, and various mycological club publications and newsletters around the country.

In addition to running the restaurant and website, Bergo’s Forager | Chef video series with photography mentor Chris Bohnhoff is located on Youtube, Vimeo, and TPT Rewire-a section of Twin Cities Public Television.