Photographs of Octo Fishbarin St. Paul, MN. All images by Eliesa Johnson and The Restaurant Project.

Chef Tim McKee

Winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest, Chef Tim McKee is one of the most recognized and respected chefs throughout the Upper Midwest. In addition to the praise he’s garnered for his newest St. Paul outpost, Octo Fish Bar, he’s also earned critical acclaim for his past projects, most notably La Belle Vie. His talents have reaped well-earned praise from a wide range of regional and national food critics as well as his peers. His food style features intense flavors that are, “balanced and presented in measured portions that compel the diner to savor each taste in turn.”