Derek Wagner

Derek Wagner

Derek Wagner, owner/chef/operator of both Nicks on Broadway(2002) and Nicks on Westminster (2019), has been an advocate for good food, community, and consciousness for almost two decades. Derek has been nominated for The James Beard Rising Star Award twice, been featured on TV’s Food Network and BBC America, written about in Food & Wine, Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Travel & Leisure, Clean Eating Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The London Independent, to name a few. Nicks has been named “One of the World’s Best Restaurants” by Fodor’s International Travel Guide. Derek has also contributed to several books including Harvest to Heat, The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook, Eat Shop and several local Rhode Island cooking and restaurant books. In February 2014, he took his message all the way to Congress, where he advocated for small and responsible fisheries. In 2014, he won the StarChefs.com Coastal New England Sustainability Award. Derek is board co-chair of Chefs Collaborative and is the only chef on the board of the Rhode Island Seafood and Marketing Collaborative. (Providence, RI)