2019 New York Rising Star Hotel Chef Mike Reilly of The NoMad

2019 New York Rising Star Hotel Chef Mike Reilly of The NoMad
January 2019

The NoMad
1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001


Mike Reilly knew he belonged in the kitchen when he began cooking at 14 at Beach Haven Fishery on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. He loved the camaraderie of the restaurant and appreciated the high-quality proteins. He was also enticed by the raucous tales in Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. But Reilly’s parents wanted him to go to college, so he completed a four-year degree in business and management at Saint Bonaventure University in western New York state in 2008. He continued cooking throughout his studies with stops at The Bernards Inn in New Jersey and DB Bistro Moderne in Manhattan, officially committing to the career by enrolling at the Culinary Institute of America just a few months after receiving his bachelor’s degree.

After finishing his culinary coursework, he joined upscale farm-to-table restaurant Ninety Acres in New Jersey, sourcing produce from the on-site farm and developing a passion for simple ingredients and refined experiences. In 2012, he was hired by Daniel Humm to cook at Eleven Madison Park, but was moved to The NoMad Hotel instead since his start date coincided with the opening of the new property. Reilly served as sous chef for James Kent for three years, and assumed the chef de cuisine position when Kent left in early 2017. As The NoMad brand expands to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and beyond, Reilly has maintained the standards of excellence at the flagship restaurant.