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Sanford Center names Hopkins executive chef

BEMIDJI — The Sanford Center announced Monday  it has named Michael Hopkins as its executive chef.

Hopkins, who has 25 years of culinary experience, was the executive chef at the Hungry Bear banquet and conference center in Bemidji for the past year and a half.

“With his extensive knowledge of menu design and exotic cuisines, Sanford Center guests can look forward to sampling Chef Hopkins many culinary offerings and regional specialties,” a press release issued Monday said.

Hopkins replaces Elbert Smith, who left the Sanford Center as its executive chef in June.