Ken Goff graduated from the commercial cooking school of St. Paul Technical College in 1981 and went on to apprentice at La Tortue in Minneapolis, prepping and preparing pastry. He moved over to Restaurant 510 for the next two years as garde manger and grill cook, and in 1984 to Nigel’s as sauté and sous chef.
After a short stint at Faegre’s Restaurant as salad and chef, in 1985 he found a home at the St. Paul’s Jazz emporium, Dakota’s Bar & Grill as executive chef. The Great Chefs television crew, showed up in 1994 to tape him for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs – Great Cities series and their Great Chefs of America series.
In 2005, he left Dakota to join Le Cordon Bleu to teach, which will be closing at the end of 2016 due to the settlement of a lawsuit and new federal regulations.