By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Nov 01, 2018 at 4:01 PM

The Milwaukee Art Museum announced today that it has promoted former sous chef Jamie Nelson to the role of executive chef.

Nelson will take on the role most recently filled by Chef Zak Groh, assuming the tasks of creating and managing menus at all three museum cafes including Cafe Calatrava, Windhover Coffee and the East End Cafe, as well as the offerings at signature museum events.

Over the past eight years, Nelson has worked with the museum in a variety of roles including garde-manger and kitchen manager; she also assisted in the execution of the East End Cafe, which opened in 2016.

"Chef Jamie has a wide interest in different food cultures and the ability to adapt to different cuisines," said Mark Zimmerman, deputy director of operations, Milwaukee Art Museum. "Her creative flexibility is a fantastic asset to the Museum, as is her demonstrated ability to lead the team."

Of the promotion, Nelson remarked: "My culinary career has come into its own at the Museum, and it has become my home. I take great pride in how creative and talented our staff is, and we ultimately take our inspiration from the art. I look forward to surprising and delighting guests with the connections between what is on the menu and what is on view in the galleries."

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

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