Award winning Chef Nowakowski

chefedwardBorn in Linz, Austria and raised in Poland, Chef Edward Nowakowski came to the U.S. via France, with three years of Culinary School, a European Master Chef Diploma and numerous awards for Garde-Manger work under his belt. Chef Edward seized the opportunity to open several new Hotels; include Hyatt N.Y. Four Seasons in Dallas TX, Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach VA, and many more, as well as Holiday Inn at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management. As a Chef and Certified Director of F & B Services, he is responsible for Food & Beverage operation at the Holiday Inn as well as at Fogelman Executive Center at The University of Memphis.

Though trained in classical components of French and South-Eastern European cuisines, he adapts his cooking to the local area where he works, and prepares a superb quality of Continental cuisine exquisitely presented in the elegance and romance of an intimate setting in “Medallion” Ristorante. 

Chef Nowakowski will be bringing his culinary skills to Market Square on May 3, as he prepares a special menu of hors d’oeuvres inspired by Polish cuisine and specially paired with a selection of Polish vodkas.


  • 113th Annual Salon of Culinary Art Show 1981 New York; Gold Medal (team work)

  • T.C.A 10th Culinary Art Show 1983 Houston Blue Ribbon and First Prize Trophy

  • The 6th Annual Culinary Art Salon 1985 two Bronze Medals. (Credited by CIA)

  • 1st Annual Culinary Art Show Virginia Beach VA. 1987; Best of the Show

  • Great Chefs of Hampton Roads Competition 1991; A First Prize

  • The Virginian Pilot Virginia, 1995 “A Career made from Scratch” full page

  • Adam’s Mark Hotels & Resorts 2000; Manager of the Year

  • Metropolitans Memphis Hotel Logging Association 2004; Star of the Industry

  • The Commercial Appeal Memphis 2005; “Worlds of Experience” full page

  • American Culinary Federation Memphis Chapter: Chef of the year 2008

  • IHG Best of the Best Food & Bev. Director for 2009

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