Chef Q&A: Nicholas Elmi, Chef-Owner at Laurel

A few months after opening Laurel — an intimate, 22-seat, French-influenced restaurant in East Passyunk — Nicholas Elmi appeared on “Top Chef” Season 11 and went home a winner. Though Elmi certainly has the culinary chops — which was proven to the masses on the show — this certainly put him on a larger scale map.

A Massachusetts native transplanted in Philadelphia, the chef has respectable roots in the culinary game. Growing up in a household of five siblings, each of whom took turns cooking dinner for the family, Elmi discovered his passion for cooking at a young age and devoted his career to the craft ever since.

Here, we ask him six quick questions about things like what one ingredient he cannot live without, what restaurant he most frequents outside of his own, and what he urges all chef-owners not to do. Read the Full Article Here.