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Meet Madden’s Culinary Team

Meet Madden’s Culinary Team


Darrell Lorenz, The Classic Grill

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Darrell grew up on a dairy farm in Little Falls, MN.  As a boy, he was inspired by the garden he grew and the animals he tended to.  Fascinated with the food he grew, he wanted more and decided to take the step from growing to cooking.

While in high school, he worked under a Culinary Institute of America trained chef for four years at Jason’s Restaurant & Catering.  Pursuing further education, he attended Le Cordon Bleu in Mendota Heights.  Graduating in 2004 with a 3.25 GPA, he was sous chef of Lancer Catering working banquets and weddings.

In an effort to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, he moved to Brainerd.  Darrell’s experience includes Prairie Bay under Chef Mat Annand and fine dining cuisine in Avon, CO at Beano’s Cabin as a Jr. Sous Chef.

With many years of culinary experience and the understanding of farm to table cooking, we are proud to have him in Madden’s culinary family.  Darrell enjoys fishing, catering and creating fresh cuisine.


Zane Scheffer, Mission Point Executive Chef

Zane, Pretoria, South Africa, began his culinary journey in 2008 in England as Salad/Dessert/Hot apps Chef at the Belvedere Arms and at Bathamptom Mill.  Two years later, he returned to South Africa as Saute Chef at Traanskaroo, then as Chef de Partie/Sous Chef at Fynbos Gourmet.

In 2013, Zane was given the opportunity to work in America to further his knowledge and skills.  Zane has been Chef de Partie at St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Raton, FL, Grill Chef at Theodore’s,  Medora, ND and  Grill Chef at Rancho de los Caballeros, Wickenburg, AZ.

Zane joined Madden’s in 2016 as Saute Chef at The Restaurant at Madden Inn.  The following year, he worked under Banquet Chef Brian Magnuson and in 2018, Zane has taken on the role of Executive Chef at the newly launched Mission Point Restaurant.

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