Patrick Nickleson Chef, Culinary Director
Dawn Nickleson Pastry Chef, CDM
Patrick and Dawn Nickleson met at a job interview where they quickly discovered their mutual love for food. Hardly a day goes by when they don't cook together. They inspire each other to learn new things and to have a creative and healthy approach to food and life.
Patrick has over 35 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He started at 11 years old washing lunch dishes in middle school with his brother. Patrick has had several apprenticeships and worked his way up the ranks throughout the Twin Cities. His accomplishments include Executive Chef, Corporate Chef and restaurant Owner. He was the Executive Chef of Apple Associates catering in 1987 when the Twins won the World Series and 3500 fans flooded the Pillsbury Center for the celebration.
Patrick discovered the growing senior living industry in 2011 and has been a Culinary Director, a Corporate Culinary Director and has opened three new senior living properties. Patrick is able to combine his passion for nutrition and food innovation with the knowledge gained from business management to create an energetic and hands-on leadership style. He believes in teamwork, integrity, education and using the highest quality products available.
Dawn is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Patisserie & Baking. She has been a Pastry Chef in fine dining, bakeries and catering. She earned her Dietary Manager Certificate in 2014 and has worked in senior living in Rochester and the Twin Cities area. She is currently Director of Food and Nutrition at a skilled nursing and transition care facility in Saint Paul. Dawn finds joy in serving the residents and becoming a part of their lives through food. She strives to provide them the food they request and the quality they deserve.