Our Executive Chef

Executive Chef Nicholas Tarnate

Our Executive Chef

Chef Nicholas Tarnate was born and raised in the Charlotte metropolitan area. He attended both UNCC and  Johnson & Wales University.

He began his culinary career while still a teenager as a cook in a small diner and progressed to his current position of Executive Chef at the Wooden Vine through a series of chef positions. In doing so, he refined his skills and grew his passion for fine dining while working under several well known Executive Chefs in local restaurants, most recently at Halcyon in uptown Charlotte and Lumiere in Myers Park.

Nicholas has a special interest in French Cuisine, and has studied it intensely for about eight years.chef Nicholas2

“I’m constantly refining my craft. I strongly believe in cooking with the seasons and doing so simply, with technique and patience.”  Believing that the food itself should be the star.  “I live by the saying that, good cuisine requires two things: the finest butter and lots of time.”

“My inspiration for such food comes from chefs Fredy Giradet, Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Michael Bras.”

” In the kitchen, my team and I post the word “Kaizen” which stands for the Japanese philosophy of ‘continuous improvement’.”

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The Wooden Vine Wine Bar & Bistro
231 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202-2136
(p) 704.376.8463
(f) 704.376.2929


Mon-Thurs: 1pm - 10pm
Fri, Sat 1pm - 12am