2019 Talent

Tony Galzin

Owner & Executive Chef, Nicky's Coal Fired

Tony Galzin brings more than 12 years of diverse culinary experience from his hometown Chicago to current residence in Nashville. Galzin opened Nicky’s Coal Fired in 2016 in Nashville’s thriving neighborhood, the Nations. Known for their large variety of coal fired pizzas, the popular Italian restaurant also has the only coal fired oven in the city.

Prior to the opening of Nicky’s Coal Fired, Galzin began his professional career in 2004 as a line cook, and later pastry assistant, at the highly acclaimed Trio in Evanston, Illinois. Galzin’s culinary versatility between pastry and savory was showcased over the next several years as he worked as a sous chef at Follia, pastry assistant at Michelin-starred Naha, and sous chef at Michelin-Bib Gourmand winning Perennial. Following those experiences, he worked as a pastry chef for four-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Michael Kornick at mk from 2008 through 2012, where he met his wife and business partner, Caroline.