Rising Star Chef Nick Oltarsh of Room at TWELVE - Biography
2007 Atlanta Rising Star Chef Nick Oltarsh is a New York native and graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. In 1992 he embarked on his culinary career, which included time at Lespinasse, Gramercy Tavern, at Il Cortile in Little Italy, and as sous chef at Eleven Madison Park from 1998 to 2001. In Atlanta he worked at Murphy’s before opening Lobby at the TWELVE Hotel and residences in Atlantic Station.
Oltarsh is one of a new breed of hotel chefs that bring a versatile and energetic culinary approach to the task, give guests what they really want, and breath new life into the genre. At Lobby, Oltarsh heads the open kitchen that is the focal point of the hip, high-energy dining room. His menu is delicious, fun, and meant for sharing, with pizzas and seasonal small plates coming from a wood-burning oven. The “new hotel food” concept doesn’t end in the dining room: each of the hotel’s guest rooms has a small kitchen, and room service is delivered in customized to-go boxes meant to be plated in the room.