The Dish: Avenue5’s Executive Chef David Nelson

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]xecutive Chef David Nelson draws on his natural talents and considerable breadth of knowledge to create an inspiring culinary experience at Fifth Avenue’s largest restaurant, Avenue5, and the neighboring Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites.

Adjacent to the iconic Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples, Florida, Avenue5 features a high energy ambiance and has quickly became known as a place to “see and been seen” on Fifth Avenue. The glamorous $3 million, 7,000-square-foot restaurant with seating for 240 guests was part of a recent $2 million renovation project encompassing the Inn on 5th’s spa and meeting space as well as its “vintage glam” restaurant, Avenue5.

In October 2015, Chef David Nelson took over as Executive Chef at Avenue5, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the kitchens of notable luxury hotels and restaurants. Chef David emphasizes sound cooking fundamentals and strives for technical perfection, giving simple, recognizable flavors an innovative twist to create a new menu that is as dazzling as the restaurant itself. “I’ve developed a new menu with fun, interesting dishes that match the style and ambience of what I believe is Fifth Avenue’s most beautiful restaurant,” said Nelson.

Directing the culinary team at Avenue5 and the Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites, David is a motivational leader, getting the team excited about preparing outstanding food every day and making great things happen for other people. “I believe our success comes collectively, not individually, so I try to instill a sense of purpose that will create a strong team that lasts and works well together.” Executive Chef David Nelson has designed a menu with fun, interesting food that matches the stylish ambience and décor of the beautiful restaurant. “I hope to get the town really excited about the food we’re serving at Avenue5.”



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