The new counter chef worked at the Michelin restaurant in Copenhagen



Counter chiefs Sam Hart, left, and Alex Wnorowski. Counter- hired Wnorowski to join the team from their new location.

Later this summer, restaurant Charlotte Counter will move to its new, larger location, opening sister spot Bibilo and now – do it all with a new chef.

The counter’s chef-owner, Sam Hart, has hired chef Alex Wnorowski, who worked at the three-star Michelin restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, to run the kitchen at the counter’s new location.

Noma introduces new Nordic cuisine to the Christiania section of town. The 50 best restaurants in the world named Noma the best restaurant in the world in 2021. Wnorowski credits his time there with discovering new methods and techniques.

He is from the Triangle and started a pop-up series Reunion Park. The chef enjoys fermentation and cooking over open fires, and he has traveled across the country to demonstrate these techniques. Wnorowski also worked at Heron’s and at a butcher shop.

“Alex and I met when he asked to do a pop-up in our space this time last year. I was so impressed with his menu, the whimsical nature of his progression, and his use of fermentation “Hart told CharlotteFive on Sunday. “Bringing him in is what I imagine Mr. Buss must have felt to land Kobe Bryant.”

Counter- is known for its multiple courses based on themes that one would think impossible to taste, such as breakups. “It’s around the concept that we’re the opposite of how each restaurant operates and opens. We are counter-intuitive, etc. We also want to be completely against preconceptions, so nothing about food or menus until the guest shows up,” Hart told CharlotteFive in 2020.

Biblio is set to open in July and Counter plans to move from Thrift Road to Salt + Vinegar on West Morehead Street in August, Hart told CharlotteFive on Sunday.


Location: 2001 W Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28208

Neighborhood: FreeMoreWest/Ashley Park

Reservation only:

Opening July 2022

Instagram: @bibliocharlotte

To counter-

Current location (until August 2022): 2200 Thrift Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28208

Future location (from August 2022): 2001 W Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28208

Neighborhood: FreeMoreWest/Ashley Park

Reservation only:

Instagram: @counterclt

This story was originally published March 21, 2022 06:00.

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Melissa Oyler is the editor of CharlotteFive. When she’s not writing or editing, you’ll find her running, practicing hot yoga, or snuggling up with her rescue dog, X. Find her on Instagram or Twitter: @melissaoyler.


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