Chef Corey Kosel honed his craft on the West Coast, the East Coast, and is now proud to call the North Coast his home.  After attending San Diego Culinary Institute in California he headed east for New York City where he cooked at acclaimed restaurants including Mas Farmhouse and Sous Chef at Trestle on Tenth.  Corey's career then took him upstate with the opportunity to become a chef at Richard Gere's famed Bedford Post Inn.  Corey made his way to Cleveland where he quickly made a name for himself around town, working in some of the most exciting kitchens in the city including Chef de Cuisine at Market Garden Brewery.

Chef Corey, along with his Sous Chef, Andrew Nichols, has a pure and straightforward style.  We invite you to experience Corey's unique talent of making the simplest ingredients taste unbelievable.



Over the past 25 years, Nikki Williams has worked at some of the best restaurants throughout Europe and the United States. From England to France; from California to Vermont, she has left her unique charm and charisma with everyone that has had the pleasure of dining with her. Along with her behind the scenes (and sometimes not so behind the scenes) helper, Mike Mendlovic, Nikki truly makes the magic happen at Umami.

When not at the restaurant, you will inevitably find her taking care of her dogs, horses, pig, goats, bunnies, and the rest of her menagerie.

Please meet Nikki's dedicated, knowledgeable, staff...

Mike, Gail, Tim, Steve Bob, Kristin, Stephanie, Virginia, Brittany, & Cassie