Hans Valimaki
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Chez Domique
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Finland
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Playing the role of head judge on “Top Chef Suomi” has made Hans Välimäki a star in his native Finland. He’s been preparing for the role for most of his life, starting when he baked his own “pulla,” or sweet bread, at age 12. After attending cooking and pastry schools in Finland he apprenticed in Germany and Sweden, then took over Chez Dominique, a classic French establishment in central Helsinki, in 1998. Since then he has coaxed the kitchen ever northward, offering a modern take on Finnish cuisine— marinated herring, reindeer pudding, a “snowball” filled with mint and berries—along with the odd French delicacy, for an eclectic mash-up of culinary cultures.

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