Nancy Olson

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.


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.


Nancy is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, where she earned an associate of baking and pastry arts degree.

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