Born in 1951, Wayne Nish studied journalism and architecture, and had a successful career in the printing industry. But at age 32, he decided to start a new career in food and attended the New York Restaurant School, then worked with Barry Wine at the Quilted Giraffe in New York City.
In 1987 he left to become a private chef for a wealthy New York socialite, which gave him artistic freedom. In 1988 he became the executive chef at La Colombe d’Or for two years before joining forces with Joseph Scalice to open MARCH. MARCH won many awards, and in December 2000, Great Chefs taped him for their Great Chefs of America television series.
He closed MARCH in 2007 and tried several more casual restaurants in different New York neighborhoods before moving to Spitzer’s Corner, then to the Marina @ Keppel Bay in Singapore. More recently he was to open The Pavillion in Union Square in New York City for Simon Oren, but that did not happen.