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Leading the culinary team at The 9 is Executive Chef Nelly Buleje. Nelly draws inspiration from
his passion of traveling and has cultivated a robust background in all culinary cultures.

Nelly is a seasoned kitchen professional with more than a decade of fine dining and hospitality
experience. Traveling everywhere from Wisconsin to Peru, the East Coast, Philippines, Mexico,
Central America, Dominican Republic and all points in between. Nelly's dishes tell a story. The
story of the history behind his world travels. Using an array of techniques and global
ingredients, Chef Nelly delivers a best in world class experience.

Getting his start in his grandma's kitchen at the age of 13 Nelly began to take on the world.
Nelly is now taking over Cleveland as the Executive Chef of The 9.
Nelly has received numerous culinary awards and accolades, including first and second place in
Iron Chef Milwaukee, first place in the Taste of the Season Judges Choice, as well as being a
celebrity Chef featured on Southern Cooking. Check back soon to see what other kitchen
accolades Nelly will receive.

A seasoned and cultured talent in the culinary area, Nelly is committed to delivering a world
class kitchen, world class food and a world class experience to all guests and visitors of The 9.
The Metropolitan at the 9 - Chef Nelly Buleje