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A dream of 20 years came to fruition this summer when Denese Jokela, assisted by nephew Ryan Miller of Kansas, stepped into the Jack Pine Café kitchen. Customers are lauding the initiative. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Tuscan trained chef opens eatery on Main

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Denese Jokela's passion for cooking began at a tender age, her father an ardent traveler and restaurant fancier, her mom a gourmet chef.

"And both grandmas were great cooks," Jokela said.

"I'm a huge foodie. I've always had a dream to have a restaurant," she said.

That dream sent Jokela to Italy two years ago to Toscana Soporita, where she studied cooking under renowned chef Sandra Lotti, while staying in a 15th century hilltop estate.

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