Our staff is passionate about food and the Element 112 experience.
Executive Chef, Owner
A St. John’s Jesuit Titan and a Wooster College graduate, Executive Chef and Owner Chef Nixon went on to attend the acclaimed French Culinary Institute in New York City. While still a student, he was hired by Chef Tom Colicchio to work in his restaurant, Craft. In 2009, Nixon came back to the Midwest to prepare the food for his sisterʼs wedding reception, and decided to stay. He opened his first restaurant, The Boathouse, on Coldwater Lake, Michigan, and built a solid reputation for bringing a fresh perspective to food and dining.
When Chef Nixon was offered an opportunity to open a restaurant in his hometown of Sylvania, he was thrilled to return. During the building and renovation of Element 112, Nixon was invited to spend some time as a chef in Denmark, at Copenhagenʼs renowned restaurant Noma – voted “The World’s Best Restaurant” by Restaurant Magazine three years in a row. His early interest in science and his love of cooking have merged in his newest restaurant to create a vision that is uniquely his.
Marketing and Advertising, Owner
A native of Worthington, Ohio, Madeline spent nine years in New York City, finally returning to her roots and moving back to the Midwest in December 2012 (thanks to her husband, Chef Nixon). While in NYC, she was a student at Columbia University where she double majored in Political Science and French, and after graduation, she entered corporate America working in marketing and PR. Madeline most recently graduated from New York University in May 2013 with her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is currently a resident of Sylvania and is a Kindergarten teacher at Maumee Valley Country Day School. Madeline and Chris welcomed a baby boy to the world, Ludovic Nixon, in July 2017.
Allison is a graduate of St. Ursula Academy and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the University of Toledo. Her first experience with Chef Nixon’s culinary talent was at his sister’s wedding reception in Coldwater, Michigan. This is what led Allison to pursue a server position when Chef Nixon opened Element 112 in Sylvania. She has served at Element 112 for three years and is well versed in Chef Nixon’s cuisine, suppliers, and philosophy. She is dedicated to providing outstanding service and looks forward to coordinating and customizing your next event at Element 112.
Gail K. Zeisloft
Element 112 Master Gardener
Gail has a passion for nature. After retiring as an accomplished international trainer, Gail became an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and a Master Gardener Volunteer. Her zeal for the environment led to a discussion with Chef Nixon on methods for Element 112 to lead in the restaurant industry in environmental sustainability. These initiatives include recycling and composting food waste. Gail has an undergraduate degree in English from Alderson Broaddus College and an MBA from University of Toledo. In March 2015, Gail joined the team to grow organic herbs, micro greens and garnishes.