Rob Nelson, Owner and Executive Chef of Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie, brings his unique creativity and food passion to the Bentonville, Arkansas food scene.
Rob has always had a love for food. After attending the University of Arkansas, Rob spent several years working for local fine dining restaurants. In 2007, Rob moved to Boulder, Colorado to attend the Culinary School of the Rockies (now Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts).
Following Boulder, Rob studied in Avignon, France, located in the Provence region, attending Le Marmiton Cooking School and Universite du Vin in Sousse la Rousse, France, where he studied under the Disciples d’Escoffier. While in Avignon, Rob worked at La Mirande, a Michelin 1-star restaurant.
In 2011, Rob opened Tusk and Trotter – a casual restaurant focused on High South cuisine. Much of the menu is sourced locally from farmers and ranchers with whom Rob has spent years collaborating.
Rob and Tusk & Trotter are proud members of the Bentonville community. Tusk & Trotter has sponsored the Bentonville Farmer’s Market as well as several community events. Rob is on the board of the Arkansas Restaurant Association and of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, is an Advisory Board member of Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, and is a founding member of the Bentonville Chef’s Alliance.