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Nick Calias, CEC, CCADirector of F&B Operations, Corporate Executive ChefThe Colonnade Hotel & Brasserie Jo

With over 20 years of culinary experience, coupled with a passion for his craft, creative and artistic talent and his strong leadership roles, Nicholas Calias has lead the culinary operation at The Colonnade Hotel and Huntington Hotels for the past 13 years. Chef Calias was awarded 2013 Chef of the Year from The Epicurean Club of Boston & American Culinary Federation as well as 2015 Chef of the Year from The Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Nicholas started his career as a chef very young working in his parent’s restaurant and always knew he was going to be a chef, in high school Nicholas enrolled in culinary arts at a Vocational school. After high school Chef Calias went on to Newbury College to get his degree in culinary arts. Chef Calias took his first opportunity as an executive chef of The Beach House Restaurant in Hampton NH. During that time, he was featured on The Phantom Gourmet & Wine Spectator. A couple years later Chef Calias took the realms over at The Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel & Country Club, he was the youngest executive chef in the regional for Starwood Hotels and has been running hotels ever since. Many years later Chef Calias sits on 5 culinary boards supporting students from high school to college; McIntosh College, Newbury College, MRA Education Federation & Seacoast School of Technology (SST), The Pedro Martinez Foundation- Board of Directors. Nicholas has participated in classes at The SST doing demos as well as demoing & judging a skills scholarship. Nicholas received his Certification through the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) in 2008 & in 2014 received his Certified Culinary Administrator Certification (CCA). Nicholas participates in judging for the Mass Pro Start for the last 10 years, as well as a national judge for the National Pro Start Competition, San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Award as well as the NH Skills. Nicholas is an active member of The ACF, he is active in Share our Strength as well as many green initiatives at Brasserie JO which is the highest scoring green certified restaurant in Mass. Chef Calias has also been a featured contestant on The Food Networks Guys Grocery Games and supports Guys Cooking with Kids as a featured chef for The Best Buddies Festival.