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Bonfire Announces New Culinary Director/Executive Chef

April 10, 2014
Bonfire Announces New Culinary Director/Executive Chef


Len Ghilani, Bonfire VP of Operations, today announced Mitch Wachman is the new Executive Chef/Culinary Director for the six Twin Cities Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking restaurants. Bringing over 25 years of culinary and hospitality experience, Wachman will roll out a new menu on May 1, 2014 in the refreshed setting of the Grand Avenue (850 Grand Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105) restaurant location.
Prior to his role with Bonfire, Wachman held executive positions at Champp's Americana, Granite City Food and Brewery, in addition to owning his own restaurant. Wachman explained, "Having worn every hat in the hospitality business allows me to keep an on eye on costs and a hand in creating and executing a delicious menu. My goal is to give our diners incremental changes to existing menu items and introduce a few new radical flavor profiles to provide a range of tantalizing food and distinct specials to keep people coming back for more."
Ghilani added, "To roll out our bold new menu and dining environment we needed a culinary leader that has the cooking chops combined with hospitality business expertise. Chef Mitch provides this to our family of restaurants along with a commitment to embrace elements of what has made Bonfire great as we heat up new dining elements that focus on making Bonfire the Twin Cities premier gathering destination."
In response to customer feedback, Bonfire is refreshing it’s offerings as well as reintroducing guest favorites. Dueling pianos has been brought back to Grand Avenue and Savage locations and we reinstituted the popular happy hour that offers half off appetizers and pizza twice a day. The menu (available upon request) is reintroducing long standing favorites such as Walleye Fingers and Southwestern entrees while creating bold new items such as House Recipe Char Wings, Big Texas Rib Eye, Cedar Plank Salmon, Sauvignon Basil Penne, Chimichangas, and Skillet Carnitas.
Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking is a family owned company based in Minnesota since 1996. Known for their open wood fire cooking ovens and showcase pizza stations, they have six locations around the Twin Cities metropolitan. For more information, please visit

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