Chef Nora Pouillon - Biography

November 2011

Born in Vienna in 1943, Nora Pouillon attributes her commitment to healthy dining to her parents. And while she may have grown up in Austria, after 40-plus years in the US she has helped to define contemporary American Cuisine. A true believer in a sustainable lifestyle, Pouillon is a longtime advocate for increasing the quality and nutritional value of the food supply.

Pouillon opened Restaurant Nora in 1979 and was immediately recognized for her ability to create not only healthy but also delicous organic dishes. In 1999, 20 years later, the restaurant became the nation's first certified organic restaurant. Only three other restaurants have since achieved this goal. Pouillon has also been instrumental in creating the organic certification standards for restaurants that guarantee at least 95% of all food served originates from certified organic sources.

While serving as a board member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Pouillon established an organic internship program and still receives five interns each year at Restaurant Nora. She is the author of Cooking with Nora, a seasonal menu cookbook, which was a finalist for the Julia Child Cookbook Award.

Pouillon presently sits on the board of directors for several organizations including the Amazon Conservation Team, the Environmental Film Festival, Fresh Farm Markets, Earth Day Network and Wholesome Wave. Nora also plays an advisory role to the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s “Food as Medicine" program, and Rachel's Network.