Chef Grae Nonas, formerly of Olamaie, headed to Minneapolis

Grae Nonas, left, at Olamaie. (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Grae Nonas, left, at Olamaie. (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Grae Nonas announced last month that he was leaving the Southern fine dining restaurant Olamaie, where he had served as co-executive chef since the restaurant opened. Turns out he is going pretty far. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last week that Nonas will serve as the executive chef at Tullibee, a restaurant focused on Nordic cuisine in the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis. Nonas achieved a lot in a short time at Olamaie. The restaurant was named tops in the city last year by this paper, and it also was a finalist for Best New Restaurant in America from the James Beard Foundation. Nonas, who along with Olamaie chef-owner Michael Fojtasek was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine last year, earned a Rising Star Chef nomination from the Beard Foundation this year.

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