Nick Morfogen


Nick Morfogen, Executive Chef/Partner of 32 East in Delray Beach, Florida, is a classically trained graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and winner of its prestigious "Most Likely To Succeed" Award in 1988, but his connection to the kitchen goes back to his childhood. Working in his family's three successful Chelsea House restaurants in the New York area, and the wonderful "flavor memories" of the traditional Greek cuisine of his heritage set Nick's life in motion towards a career as a chef.

After interning with Eberhard Mueller at LeBernadin in New York City and post graduate stints at several other icon restaurants there, such as La Cote Basque and Le Cirque, Nick traveled west to Colorado and then the Napa Valley of California. As Executive Sous Chef at Tra Vigne, the rustic simplicity of the finest and freshest ingredients inspired him to develop his distinctive style and passion for flavorful innovation. He honed that style as Executive Chef at Ajax Tavern in Aspen, Colorado and Nick and Max's in Boca Raton, Florida.

In 1999, 32 East owner Barbara Straub pursued Nick to take over the kitchen of her Delray Beach restaurant, and he has presided over the multi-award winning Contemporary American Menu there ever since. Fabulous ingredients, exciting new ideas, creativity with taste and the precision of technique are all combined in Nick Morfogen's unique yet modest approach to his craft. "It's all about the food at 32 East.”

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