Chef Nicole Gaffney

Nicole Gaffney is a chef, writer and television personality 

best known for being second runner up on the 10th season (2014) of the reality cooking competition, Food Network Star. On the show, Nicole brought attention to her “Coastal Cuisine,” cooking up dishes that boast bright, clean flavors, using fresh ingredients and simple preparations.

Nicole got her start in South Jersey when she started up The Dinner Belle, a personal chef service offering meal solutions to busy families, along with swanky dinner parties and cooking lessons. Born and raised at the Jersey shore (Atlantic City), Nicole left for a few years to attend college at Louisiana State University. There, she earned a degree in communications, and embraced not only the culture, but also the cuisine. Upon returning to South Jersey, Nicole completed one semester at the Academy of the Culinary Arts before starting her business.

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Nicole sought to combine her passion for food with her background in communications, so in 2012 she began hosting two Philadelphia based cooking shows, “Best of the Best” and “The Chef’s Kitchen.” Nicole also starred as a cook in a commercial for Dorot frozen herbs, as well as a series of cooking videos for Santa Sweet tomatoes.


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