meet the owner and the chef


Chef Nadine Nelson, Green Queen of Cuisine, is the eco-chef and social entrepreneur of Global Local Gourmet, a roving community supported kitchen.

Chef Nadine was born in Toronto, Canada of Jamaican Heritage. She has always loved cooking and her vegetables.

She has studied the culinary arts in Paris at the Ritz Escoffier, has a certificate in food styling from the New School and a certificate in Philanthropy and nonprofit management from New York University in New York, and earned a teaching degree from Tufts University in Boston, consequently, she brings a worldly perspective to seasonal food.

She is a social activist, cooking instructor, chef, writer, recipe developer/tester, food consultant, experiential epicurean event producer and culinary artist.

by LoveBabz LoveTalk with Nadine Nelson talking about Global Local Gourmet and her philosophy of Food

She is an expert in interactive cuisine and has worked with such clients as :

  • Bain and Company
  • Boston Office of Conventions and Tourism
  • Columbia University
  • Disney
  • Harvard University
  • The Apollo Theater
  • The City of New Haven
  • Boston Office of Conventions and Tourism
  • The Food Project
  • The National Park Service
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals, and the Tobago Jazz Festival designing and delivering:

Cooking classes, culinary team building, wellness workshops, culinary tours, and epicurean event planning.

MacArthur Genius Will Allen, Executive Director of Sustainable giant Growing Power said of her work:

“I have been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, but I have never seen people having the community come together and cook their meal together, that was something new. That put New Haven on the Map. The organizer is ingenious”.

Nadine has been privileged to cook for various celebrities and diganitaries.

Global Local Gourmet was birthed to teach the pleasure of cooking and the understanding that we are all connected to the world and to each other through our food choices.

Nadine is dedicated to advancing and promoting effective food policy and empowering community activism and serves as the chair of the New Haven Food Policy Council’s Cooking and Food Education Working Group for the last five years.

Her work has been featured in the:

  • Boston Globe
  • Boston Herald
  • New Haven Independent
  • The New Haven Register
  • Yale Daily amongst media.

Nadine has worked behind the scenes in food writing developing recipes, and creating content for:

  • Cooking Matters
  • Farmer’s Almanac
  • Plate Online Magazine
  • Yankee Magazine
  • and for cookbook authors, grocery stores and food co-ops, and brands. 

Nadine Nelson
Nadine Nelson

In her former life, she was the Dean of Community Relations of a prestigious school in Boston for ten years.

She enjoys teaching clients how to cook like a star in their own kitchen where they can cook up delicious adventures far from expected yet close to home.

She lives with her daughter in New England. They enjoy traveling, swimming, creating art, and finding adventures in their free time.