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Mandel Hitzer has been a student of cookery for 20 years.  He opened deer + almond in 2012, which gave him a stage to bring new concepts to Winnipeg food lovers.   Mandel has become a leader and innovator in the food community.  He co-created RAW:almond, a 21 day pop up restaurant, that brings chefs from all over North America to cook on a frozen river.  Last year Conde Nast Traveller mentioned RAW:almond as part of the world’s top pop-up restaurants alongside Noma and El Bulli.  Earlier this year, he took the pop-up to Churchill Manitoba, to cook a menu in a 250-year-old fort, under the northern lights with food inspired by ingredients from the land.  He has manifested his dreams at Deer + Almond; a life full of friends, laughter and imagination.