Grand Geneva Resort & Spa’s newly appointed executive chef Nelly Buleje is back home and bringing new flavor and a new approach to the resort's kitchens. From leading kitchens across the country and traveling the world in search of inspiration, flavors, and technique, Buleje is back in the kitchen where he began his chef career and ready to put his hometown on the culinary map.
Born in Chicago and raised in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Buleje began his culinary journey at the age of 11 cooking for his family. Buleje further developed his passion for cooking early on while serving as an evening cook at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. He later advanced to become the resort’s chef de cuisine, overseeing several culinary outlets including the golf and ski chalet and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark. He was then named executive sous chef at a sister Marcus Hotels property, Milwaukee ChopHouse. His career led him to become executive chef at the Richmond Marriott in Virginia, and he then went on to hold the same title at Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island. Prior to re-joining Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Buleje served as executive chef at Cleveland’s Metropolitan at The 9, leading the culinary team and overseeing menu development.