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Born in Los Angeles, Nitsa is one of eight children and the daughter of a marble importer and former chef from Greece. Growing up Greek, there were lots of big family gatherings. By the age of seven, she was creating guest lists, menus and floral bouquets for the Prousalis family events.

Her love of entertaining and cooking led her to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where she graduated in 1999.

It was during her work as an event coordinator at the academy that she discovered her love for “front of the house” hospitality.

After gaining valuable experience with European hospitality standards in Spain, Nitsa returned to the United States to join the culinary staff at the renowned Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. There, serendipity intervened, and she began working with a fellow California Culinary Academy graduate, Todd Knoll. The young couple shared a passion for both cooking and entertaining and soon fell in love.

Nitsa Knoll
Nitsa Knoll arranging a centerpiece of flowers

She reluctantly left “The City” for Healdsburg in 2003 when Todd accepted a position at Jordan Winery as sous chef. While developing her catering company, Sonoma Culinaire, she continued to enjoy the rare opportunities where she and Todd could cook and host events together by volunteering at Jordan special events. John Jordan quickly took notice of her penchant for perfection and devotion to her craft. Not long after she and Todd were married on a small farm near Jordan Estate, John Jordan offered her a position that would fully utilize her many talents and endless drive. She has never looked back.

The couple resides in the nearby town of Windsor with their son, Petros, and dog, Skilos.