Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Chef Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook is the executive chef of Trattoria Il Mulino at Hilton Nashville Downtown, a position where he helms the culinary direction of the casual chic Italian restaurant as envisioned by the concept’s guiding executive chef, Michele Mazza. As part of the restaurant’s signature Abruzzese-inspired Italian cuisine that pairs traditional flavors with inventive dishes, Chef Cook incorporates flavors of Music City into his seasonal menus.
Prior to joining Trattoria Il Mulino, Cook was executive chef since 2005 at the historic Union Station Hotel in Nashville where he established Prime 108 as an award-winning, premier fine dining restaurant with contemporary American cuisine punctuated by inventive twists. He was previously chef de cuisine at Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, where he earned an esteemed DiRoNA award for culinary excellence in 2003. During his time at the Southern landmark, Cook also assumed leadership roles at Cascades American Café, Wasabi’s Sushi bar and Relache Spa.
Cook’s previous culinary positions took him to the cosmopolitan coastal regions of South Florida and Los Angeles. Cook worked with culinary visionaries Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton at their acclaimed Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles where he also catered private Hollywood parties. He also honed his culinary talent in fine dining restaurants at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and gained invaluable experience working for James Beard Award-winning chef Mark Militello at Mark’s Mizner Park restaurant. Cook is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and The American Culinary Academy in Lakeland, Fla.