Winner of the 2014 Season of Bravo’s Top Chef series!
Nicholas Elmi is the chef/owner of Restaurant Laurel in South Philadelphia. Laurel has garnered national attention in a short amount of time, opening in November of 2013. Awarded three bells from award winning critic Craig Laban of the Philadelphia Inquirer, three and a half stars from Trey Popp of Philadelphia magazine and named a semi finalist by the James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant in America. This 22 seat gem continues to delights critics and neighbors alike on a small street in South Philly known as East Passyunk Ave., named one of the top ten “Foodie Streets in America” by Food and Wine. Chef Elmi is a graduate of Culinary Institute of America and native of West Newbury Massachusetts. Nicholas Elmi has worked in some of the top restaurants on the east coast (Le Bec Fin, Union Pacific, Oceana) and the world (Guy Savoy, Paris). Chef Nicholas Elmi and Laurel now focuses on French inspired American Cuisine with a focus on regional tradition and contemporary flavors.