Tom Skold

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Tom Skold

Tom Skold

Chef Tom Skold grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota. He earned his culinary degree from Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, and his B.S. in food systems and technologies from UW-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin. His professional career began in some of the finest kitchens in the Twin Cities—the New French Café, D’Amico Cucina, Leeann Chin, Pam Sherman’s Bakery Café, and Cossetta’s. Down-shifting to raise a family, the seasonal schedule at the critically acclaimed Harbor View Café provided time and a creative outlet for mentoring home cooks and aspiring culinary professionals. He has presented and taught in a variety of settings, primarily in S.E. Minnesota, the Twin Cities, and now in Decorah. Tom has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Ingredient,” which is devoted to foods native to or raised in Iowa. Skold is currently a member of the Norse Culinary leadership team for Sodexo at Luther College. Tom strongly identifies with Julia Child “because she was always clear that she had to work hard to learn her craft, and her humility is what made her a great teacher. Like Julia, my own culinary journey has informed my ability to relate to students and to the cooks I train on the job. I derive personal fulfillment when I hear from students that the recipes and techniques learned in class result in meals they cook to share with friends and loved ones.”

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