Nicole Brisson is the youngest female to become a chef at a reputable Las Vegas restaurant on The Strip, and the first female to become executive chef of an Eataly in the U.S. She has lived and worked in Las Vegas for more than 15 years, acting as chef and culinary for some of the most prominent restaurants and hospitality groups in the city. Brisson has also competed on several popular reality TV shows including Chopped, Late Night Chef Fight, Action Bronson Munchies and Beat Bobby Flay. She recently became the first chef appointed to the board of directors of the Southern Nevada Health District and has recently served on the board of Urban Seed Las Vegas.
Brisson grew up in small town in upstate New York, where she began learning about food from her grandfather who owned a restaurant in Saratoga. She was also deeply inspired by her mother, who was dedicated to creating meals from scratch and preserving the harvests from their garden to prepare for winter, a practice that continues to inspire Brisson today. At the age of 14, she landed her first restaurant job at a farm-to-table restaurant owned by Bill Benson.
After graduating from the renowned culinary school Johnson & Wales University, she developed a relationship with food writers Molly O’Neill and Faith Willinger, who fostered her love of cured meats and fresh produce in both the U.S. and Italy. Thanks to her relationship with Willinger, Brisson was able to secure the opportunity to work in Italy at two very important food establishments: Cibreo in Florence and Dario Cecchini’s butcher shop in Chianti.
“I grew up in a very small town, so community is very important to me,” notes Brisson. “Vegas is a hybrid of small-town mentality in a big city. I hope to be able to make a difference by being an active member of my community here.”