Chef Nora Pouillon

Celebrity Chef

Cooking With Nora

Nora puts her philosophy of a healthy lifestyle into practice with a balanced organic diet and regular exercise. Her daily routine begins with yoga, weights, dance, aerobics or just a brisk walk . Nora loves all outdoor activities especially skiing, rollerblading, swimming, ice skating and hiking with family and friends.

Working to promote women in the culinary profession, Nora is an active member of the Washington chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, and serves on the board of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR). The Washington Post chose Nora as one of three women among the dozen "power chefs" in Washington. Born in Vienna in 1943, Nora attributes her commitment to healthy dining to her French schooling and her parents. Breaking with Austrian culinary tradition, they believed in eating simply prepared meals made with top-quality seasonal ingredients. She lives with her partner, Steven Damato, and two of her four children in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Culinary Arts

Nora Pouillon, a true believer in healthy living, is a longtime advocate for increasing the quality and nutritional value of our food supply. Chef and owner of Restaurant Nora and Asia Nora, she is a pioneer who first introduced organic dining to the Washington area over twenty two years ago. In April 1999, Restaurant Nora became the first certified organic restaurant in the nation, proving you can successfully run an upscale restaurant that is good for ourselves and the environment.

Nora's commitment to a healthy lifestyle extends beyond the kitchen. Nora has consulted for Fresh Fields Wholefoods Market and Walnut Acres, where she has developed a number of product lines. She is a founding board member of Chefs Collaborative 2000 and leading spokesperson for the NRDC/SeaWeb "Give North Atlantic Swordfish a Break" campaign. She has been involved with both the Agricultural Department and Adopt A School programs, educating children on nutritional choices. Nora is a member of the Organic Trade Association, serves on the advisory boards of The Greener Business Guide, a new website Foodfit.com, and participates in the Harvard School of Nutrition Roundtable discussions. Nora was named Chef of the Year Award of Excellence by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

Working to promote women in the culinary profession, Nora is an active member of the Washington chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier and serves on the board of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. She is the author of Cooking With Nora, a beautifully photographed seasonal cookbook featuring organic menus for the home cook.