Nico Russell


About Nico Russell

Californian Nico Russell grew up cooking alongside his mother, who often used produce from the family garden to help her son make his favorite dishes. He enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco immediately after high school and graduated in 2008. Russell began working in French fine dining with Chefs Joel Guillon and Roland Passot. He then moved to Chez TJ, a Michelin-star destination helmed by Chef Scott Nishiyama. In 2011, Russell moved to New York for work as a sous chef to Chef Jean-Francois Bruel at Daniel and for Boulud’s special events department Feast and Fêtes. He soon left to work at Chef Mauro Colagreco’s two Michelin-star restaurant in the south of France, Mirazur. While there, the restaurant rose to sixth place on the “World’s 50 Best” list. After spending a year in France, Russell returned to New York and began pop-up Oxalis. During the next two years, Russell hosted more than 30 distinct dinners, including a sold-out, month-long residency at Colors on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The project earned him several favorable mentions in the press, including “Brooklyn’s Best Pop Up Dinner” in Gothamist and “Best Tasting Menus for under $100 in NYC” in Thrillist. In December 2018, Oxalis settled into a permanent space in Brooklyn, giving the area between Prospect Heights and Crown Heights a slice of the French Riviera. Russell has an ambitious plan for expansion in the neighborhood.