Nick Kokonas

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Nick Kokonas is an American restaurant executive and author.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Chicago, Kokonas graduated from Colgate University with a degree in philosophy.


Prior to meeting Grant Achatz and forming their business partnership, Kokonas was the owner of a derivatives trading firm for 10 years, and was an investor and entrepreneur.[1]

Kokonas's restaurants Next, Alinea, and The Aviary served as a testing and development ground for his proprietary ticketing system called Tock.[2] Kokonas's system allows for dynamic pricing for restaurant tickets/reservations. Some of the earliest adopters include, Thomas Keller's The French Laundry and Per Se and Daniel Patterson's Coi.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Kokonas and his wife, Dagmara, have two sons.[3] Kokonas finds peanuts and peanut butter to be "repulsive".[3]

Published works[edit]

  • Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat March 6, 2012 ISBN 1592406971