By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 31, 2023 at 11:09 AM

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There's no shortage of articles and television shows that showcase the dishes chefs cook at their restaurants. But, what do they love to eat when they're not at work? In this beloved series, we ask Milwaukee area chefs to share three of their favorite dishes from locally owned restaurants.  Love this? Check out the rest of the series.

The Diplomat
815 E. Brady St., (414) 800-5816

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Dane Baldwin has been working in the food industry since age 15. He is a field-trained chef with experience at restaurants ranging from Gil's Cafe to Bacchus, Barossa, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Mr. B's Steakhouse, where he served as executive chef before opening his own restaurant, The Diplomat, in 2017. Since then, Baldwin has earned numerous accolades, including the 2022 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Midwest.

At the Diplomat, Baldwin has made his mark with an eateery that's inclusive, welcoming and delightfully flexible. Comfortable enough for a weeknight, but entirely worthy of a special occasion, The Diplomat stands out for its menu of craveable dishes, which are simultaneously new yet comfortingly familiar.

On the latest installment of "What Chefs Eat," we sat down with Baldwin to find out what he loves to eat when he's dining at other chefs' restaurants.

Video by Courtney Bondar.
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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.