Restaurant Nora and the Leading Lady Chef Behind the Concept

Restaurant Nora and the Leading Lady Chef Behind the Concept

By Lisa Comento, Foodable Contributor 

Restaurant Nora opened its doors in 1979 and won America's first certified organic restaurant. Many years later, the concept continues to thrive on the creativity and culinary innovation of chef and owner, Nora Pouillon, along with the support of her two partners, brothers Thomas and Steven Damato who have been with her since day one.

How it All Started and the Chef's Idyllic Childhood on the Farm 

Nora grew up in Austria where her father leased a working farm in the Alps during World War II. She recalls even as a toddler being fascinated by farm life- from watching how the farmer’s wife milked to cows and separated the milk from the cream. Then her grandmother made for the kids to have with strawberries and cake from the fresh whipped cream. It was at this early age, where she started learning from her grandmother about the different parts of a chicken and how to prepare them.

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