Akhtar Nawab’s inherent refinement and less-is-more style of cooking has earned him critical praise throughout the years, beginning with his time with Tom Colicchio in the kitchens of Gramercy Tavern, Craftbar, and Craft, which received three stars from The New York Times and won the James Beard Foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” award during Nawab’s tenure. Nawab’s loyal following picked up steam while he served as Executive Chef of East Village gastropub, The E.U., during which time he received StarChef’s “Rising Star Chef” award, and through the opening of his first restaurant, Elettaria. His time at Elettaria landed Nawab a spot on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and inclusion in Coco: 10 World-Leading Masters Choose 100 Contemporary Chefs. Most recently, Nawab opened a modern Italian restaurant, Fero, in downtown Birmingham, Alabama’s Pizitz building. Fero is an ode to the South with a nod to Birmingham’s history as a steel town (Fero translates to “steel”), spotlighting locally-sourced ingredients.