Nils Noren Is Leaving the French Culinary Institute


When we last heard from the French Culinary Institute, the school was busy announcing its plans to open a new campus in California. Today, the news coming from Grand Street hits a bit closer to home: Nils Noren, the school’s vice president of culinary and pastry arts, is stepping down as of January 1.

Per Eater, the school says that the Swedish chef, who previously earned accolades as the executive chef at Aquavit and was known for his avant-garde experimentation, is leaving to write a book. He’ll be replaced by Kevin Stuessi, a former chef with management experience in Las Vegas hotels who will be helping the school open their new West Coast campus.