Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville, the highly anticipated luxury hotel opening in the heart of Music City, announces the appointment of Aniello “Nello” Turco as Executive Chef of the restaurant.
Already highly respected in his field, after notable contributions to world-renowned Michelin-starred outposts such as Noma in Copenhagen and Mio in Beijing, Chef Nello chose Nashville as the next stop in an already glittering international career. He will oversee Four Seasons’ flagship restaurant in Nashville, Mimo Restaurant and Bar, an upscale southern Italian dining concept fused with local southern influences. Mimo will provide an inspiring social space for downtown Nashville’s SoBro neighborhood, allowing hotel guests and locals alike to enjoy a vibrant atmosphere, fueled by a lively and welcoming bar that flows into an inviting restaurant space .
The restaurant will be conveniently located on the first floor of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville at 100 Demonbreun Street, in the heart of downtown Nashville’s SoBro district, and directly across from Nashville’s West Riverfront Park and the Ascend Amphitheater.
“After an international search to bring exciting new culinary ideas to Nashville, we are thrilled to welcome Chef Nello, who brings a Michelin-starred experience, incredible talent and energy,” said Richard Poskanzer, CEO of Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences. Nashville. “He is passionate about good food and flavor, he cooks from the heart with energy and creativity, and he understands what the Four Seasons brand stands for, having earned a Michelin star at the Mio Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing. Under his leadership, Mimo will be a recurring destination for those seeking flavor, hospitality and a communal experience around fantastic dishes.
“My experience in some of the best restaurants in the world has prepared me to do something original and inspiring in Nashville, true to the creative spirit of the city,” says Nello. “We will embrace our downtown location and create a restaurant that sparks shared experiences, creates memories and fosters community.
“It’s exciting to develop my career rooted in my own Italian heritage and adapt it to the southern United States. I always say the real Italy is often best found outside of Italy because it’s a people and soul based experience – my goal is for the real Italy to be found at Mimo.
Nello is known for his high energy and approachability and intends to use Mimo’s open kitchen and floor plan to engage and build meaningful connections with guests. His menus are built around high-quality ingredients and the use of cutting-edge techniques to recreate the depth of flavor of his Southern Italian house dishes. Its Mimo menu takes shape with experiments such as fermented chicken in sourdough bread and exciting versions of southern Italian classics.
“To cook well, you have to eat well,” smiles Nello, who lists discovering new restaurants and new music as two passions he looks forward to exploring in Nashville, as he gets to know the city intimately.
Born in Naples, Italy, Nello always wanted to be a chef and started cooking at just 13 years old in his parents’ restaurant. At 24, he began working in Michelin-starred restaurants, including those of chef Alain Ducasse. In London, he then worked with chef Marco Calenzo (former head chef at Mio), who offered him a position as sous chef at the famed Michelin-starred Apsleys.
Nello spent two years at Noma, two Michelin stars, in Copenhagen, where an in-depth study of fermentation and natural food processing provided skills that he will infuse into his innovative approach at Mimo. He recently spent five years at the Mio Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing. After being promoted to head chef, Nello won several Beijing Chef of the Year awards and the restaurant received a Michelin star in 2020 under his leadership.
More details about Mimo Restaurant and Bar will be released in the coming months.
The Four Seasons Hotel Nashville is scheduled to open in September 2022. Visit our property website or call +1 615 610 6995 for more information and to book.