Lucia Watson is the proprietor and chef of Lucia's Restaurant, which opened in 1985 in one of Minneapolis's oldest neighborhoods. Ms.Watson, a third generation Minnesotan, learned to cook from her grandmother, Lulu, who used to pick blueberries and bake bread in a wood stove in the family's summer cabin on the Canadian border. Lucia opened Lucia's Restaurant 27 years ago. Lucia’s was the first in this region to offer a small menu that changes weekly. Lucia’s is deeply committed to using locally produced products, and the cooking is tied closely to the land and the seasons. Lucia has long been deeply committed to local and sustainable food, which is reflected by her culinary skills, her menus, and in the warm hospitality of her restaurant. Lucia is co-author of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland with writer Beth Dooley, and Cooking Freshwater Fish. In 2004, 2005 and 2006, she was nominated for Best Midwest Chef by the James Beard Foundation. In 2009 Lucia was knighted by the French Government and awarded a “Chevalier du Merit Agricole” for her work in agriculture. She owns a house in Brittany, France where she vacations to cook and study. Lucia lectures and teaches nationally and locally, often in support of sustainable food.