Chef Rina Estero
Chef Rina Estero was born in Angeles City, Philippines and was raised there until age 12. Soon after arrival in Austin, Texas, Rina got her first taste of the food service industry cooking for customers in a bingo hall. The happiness she gave the guests there was her new fascination, she felt like she just had to make more people happy. She landed her first formal job in a professional kitchen at age 17 in a Japanese Restaurant. In her twenties, Rina traveled extensively through over a dozen European countries. Chef Rina's cooking style is profoundly influenced by her travels. Focusing primarily on French food, most importantly the attention to quality, Chef Rina is always trying to work the characteristics of Filipino cuisine into her dishes whenever possible. Chef Rina is also very conscious to minimize waste at every turn. After moving from Austin to Virginia, Chef Rina quickly realized that it was time to strike out on her own. After building a business plan and selecting a location, Nouvelle Restaurant was opened in August 2014. Nouvelle is a direct reflection of Chef Rina's commitment to quality and flavor, as well as her desire to keep dishes as authentic as possible. Chef Rina and Nouvelle have been featured in Distinction Magazine, Coastal Virginia Magazine, the Virginia tourism website, and Nouvelle was voted one of the 10 best new restaurants in Virginia in 2015.