Iron Chef + ECU students + healthy eating = Olilo

A new Mediterranean restaurant concept created by an Iron Chef has opened on the campus of East Carolina University.

World-renowned celebrity chef Cat Cora developed Olilo (pronounced oh-LEE-loh), a fast-casual restaurant that serves fresh, made-to-order meals based on a Mediterranean diet.

"It's a healthy eating alternative that's a perfect fit" for ECU's Campus Dining Services, said marketing director Jazzmen Patton.

The menu includes grain bowls, green bowls, quinoa tabbouleh and handheld flatbreads which can be customized with potein, homemade spreads, topping and dressing. Options include salmon, chicken, lamb, hummus, Baba Ghanoush, harissa, feta cheese and pickled onions.

Olilo is a project between Chef Cora and Aramark, a global service that provides dining on campuses and in office buildings, hospitals and other workplacecs. ECU is the first university in the nation to have the dining concept, Patton said.

"Based on feedback, we found that a majority of students feel there is not a healthy restaurant option on camups," Patton said. "We are very excited to offer this option" to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Chef Cora, a TV personality, author and restaurateur, is the only female Iron Chef on Food Network’s "Iron Chef America" competition. She is the first female chef inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

The Olilo station design, uniforms and aesthetics convey a calming, rustic at-home cooking vibe, according to press release by Aramark.

Olilo is replacing Cupola's Italian Eastery at the Wright Place on the ECU campus; it's near Dowdy Student Stores in the same building that houses Wright Auditorium. It's open to the public in addition to ECU students, staff and faculty.

Watch a video about Olilo

Watch a video about Olilo