Chef Nicole Lourie

Chef Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts

Instructor Nicole Lourie
Location: Online Programs
Favorite Dish: Tamago with Rice

"When I work with my students, I'm tough but fair. Mistakes will happen, but instead of sugar-coating the details, I make sure my students understand how to prevent them from happening again, while still holding them accountable."

Chef Nicole Lourie


Award-winning Chef Nicole studied under Chef Franck Iglesias, who was named one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America in 2016. Before joining Escoffier, she was the first and only pastry chef to work at 21c Museum Hotel, where the title and position were created just for her. During her time there, she competed in several competitions and was able to boast a 98% scratch baking kitchen for the hotel and restaurant, as well as to offer both wedding cakes and custom chocolates for the first time in the company’s history.

Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Baking and Pastry and went on to also earn a Masters of Art in Teaching with a concentration in Culinary Education.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • ServSafe® Food Safety Manager
  • NCRLA People's Choice Award Winner - Tasty Bites Competition, 2019
  • Final Four - North Carolina Chef Showdown, 2018
  • Second Place, Dessert - Durham Vegan Food Challenge, 2017

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Pastry Cook - Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, CT
  • Pastry Intern - Four Seasons Hotel, Denver, CO
  • Pastry Supervisor - 1149 Restaurant and Bar, Warwick, RI
  • Pastry Sous Chef - Mystic Market East, Mystic, CT
  • Pastry Cook - Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro, NC
  • Pastry Chef - 21c Hotel/Counting House Restaurant, Durham, NC

Dish Examples

Moulded Pralines

Crafting chocolates was something I found a love for later in my career, but the artistic expression that takes place when making these bite-sized treats is one of my true joys in life.

Moulded Pralines

Ricotta Cheese Pie

While this version is far more dressed up than what I grew up eating, this is a dessert my grandmother made, and my mother still makes today. It's one of my favorite desserts for any occasion, but holds the most special place in my heart.

Ricotta Cheese Pie


  • Bachelors of Science Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Culinary Education, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

Special Interests

I love watching anime and dabbling with art (drawing/coloring).

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