Nancy Olson Nancy Olson is a pastry chef based in Fargo, North Dakota, famed for her desserts at New York City’s award-winning Gramercy Tavern. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, and NBC’s Today, among others. She is renowned for her signature peanut butter semifreddo. Experience Nancy Olson began her professional culinary journey at the age of 21 working as a line cook at the Fargo Country Club. It was here she discovered a passion for baking while experimenting with desserts. She moved to New York to attend culinary school. Upon graduation, Olson established her reputation at fine dining establishments like Aureole and Bouley, eventually becoming the executive pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern where she led a team of 12 pastry chefs, creating over 400 desserts a day. Among Olson’s Gramercy classics was her peanut butter semifreddo with chocolate macarons, hot fudge, and candied peanuts. She left Gramercy Tavern in 2013 and moved back to Fargo, where she lent her considerable pastry talents to Nichole’s Fine Pastry. Olson is currently working on launching her own venture Agape, combining hand-crafted chocolates, pastries, and cooking classes. Education Nancy is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, where she earned an associate of baking and pastry arts degree. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.