Chef / Television Host / Entrepreneur / Author
Since the beginning of his 25-year career, Chef, Author and TV personality Nick Rabar has maintained a true passion for classic American fare. Influenced by the pastoral surroundings of his childhood in New York's Hudson Valley, Nick has long been inspired by fresh, local ingredients. His signature style of progressive American comfort food has been the driving force behind his debut restaurant - Avenue N American Kitchen. Prior to founding Avenue N, he attended the Culinary Institute of America and perfected his craft in some of the finest kitchens in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
When not in the kitchen Nick is the host of the hit PBS show "HEATED" where he engages in delicious disputations about all the foods you love, and love to hate. He was previously the Emmy nominated host of "Nick Rabar: Chef 2 Go" and "Stir it Up with Nick Rabar". He is also the author of the culinary novels "The Cold Side of the Grill" and "Down the Line." Both have received critical acclaim and are the first two parts of the three part series.
Nick has been blessed with numerous awards including two nominations for the prestigious James Beard award. He was also named Best and Brightest Young American Chefs by Spirit Magazine and the two-time Chef of the Year by The Rhode Island Hospitality Association.
In 2012 he opened The Pantry, a small market featuring hundreds of locally grown and produced products as well as hand crafted prepared foods. Nick and his team have numerous projects on deck including web based ordering, organic sauce lines and future restaurant concepts.