Bret Bannon has spent a lifetime cooking and learning from others along the way. He was very fortunate to have staged at the Park Avenue Café in New York when Daniel Budd was pastry chef and has apprenticed with the award winning Chocolatier, BT McElrath whose headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

During the past 20 years or so, while at the cooking school of Cooks of Crocus Hill in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he has worked with many notable chefs and cookbook authors including Suvir Saran, Rocco DiSpirito, Anne Willian, Joanne Weir, Jeffrey Alford and Zoë François.

For more than ten years, he has been sharing his passion for the table by teaching at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Stillwater and most recently at the Chef’s Abode, Mendota Heights and Kitchen in the Market, Minneapolis.

He has consulted for General Mills, Inc., and his cooking segments have aired on the mid-morning program of KARE 11 called “Showcase Minnesota”. His recipes have been featured in the “Savvy Host” section of Midwest Home magazine and in Cooking Pleasures magazine. His recipes and food styling are also included in various issues of Spezzatino magazine.

As a self-professed Francophile, every chance he gets he leads culinary tours to various regions of France, including Paris, Burgundy, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and particularly Provence, where his tour is to the former home of Julia Child not far from the Côte d’Azur.

He is privileged to work with some top-notch food photographers in the Twin Cities, including David Schmit, Ingrid Young, Carolyn Cherry, and Susan Powers.