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Chef Ayah
Third Generation Chef AND my initials spell AIM

Ayah is your 4.9 star chef in Tallahassee, for hire to cook American & French & Indian cuisines. Ayah is excited to create your exclusive culinary experience with ChefXChange!

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Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it

Short version: I love food and want people to enjoy it as much as I do. While a Le Cordon Bleu graduate specialising in French cuisine and patisserie, I've hopped around the globe and lived in Kuwait, Egypt, Sudan, England and the US. You can taste and trace many cultural influences in my food. I love building something from raw materials and discovering new tastes by adding unique and personal touches to recipes.

List of the Chef's favorite ingredients

  • Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Saffron
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Fresh herbs
  • Dover Sole
  • Steak
  • Basmati and Jasmine rice

Cuisines

  • American
  • French
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Middle Eastern

Experiences Provided

  • Private Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Cooking Class
  • Corporate Event
  • Catering
  • Chef Consultancy

How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?

I’ve had my hand in cooking for as long as I can remember: I grew up in my mother and grandmother’s kitchens. It turned into a passion when I was in high school, particularly after watching Spanglish (THAT EGG SANDWICH), I didn't sleep until I recreated what I saw on the screen, then started charging my siblings for it! After finishing my BBA in Accounting and Management (to learn how to run and manage my restaurant), I went to London for an intensive Grande Diplome course (cuisine and patisserie) at Le Cordon Bleu, now a culinary supervisor at Marriott.

Ranking

  • Professional

Trainings

Le Cordon Bleu, London
Student Commis Chef (Mar 2010 - Sep 2010)

Prepared and measure ingredients for each student station prior to practical classes.

Work Experience

Marriott Washingtonian Center
Culinary Supervisor (Sep 2014-Now)

- Plan and execute specific goals to prioritize, organize, and accomplish a higher quality food GSS score: went from 53 to 73 in 2014. - Ensure and maintain the productivity level of kitchen employees - Oversee production and preparation of culinary items. - Work with Restaurant and Banquet to coordinate service and timing of events and meals. - Take initiative with new menus, concepts and promotions for the Restaurant outlets and Banquets especially in high demand times.

Baltimore Waterfront Marriott
Banquet Cook (May 2014-Sep 2014)

- Meticulously ensure that all data is accurate and work is thorough. - Assess and adapt current practices to improve performance and quality. - Prepare sauces, soups and hot entrées in accordance with menu. - Work with the associate team to create the company experience for guests. - Work towards highest levels of personal and organisational performance to meet or exceed objectives.

Baltimore Waterfront Marriott
Pastry Cook (Apr 2013-Apr 2014)

- Create innovative designs for pastries to cater to a variety of events. - Ensure all pastries produced are of high and exquisite caliber. - Build new pastry recipes and compatible presentation styles.

Hilton Worldwide, Baltimore, MD
Line Cook II (Jun 2012-Apr 2013)

- Carry out the preparatory work for creating dishes. - Scheduling events and kitchen staff. - Prepare and present dishes so they are ready for guests at the right time. - Making sure that all health and safety requirements are met. - Advising new cooking techniques and equipment to kitchen staff. - Check inventory items upon delivery. -Prepare food for public visitors and private event guests. -Introduce and develop new dishes.

NoonBites Catering; Kuwait
Chef/Owner (Apr 2011-Mar 2012)

- Menu Consultation (Planning, Setting, Training). - Industrial Kitchen Set-up. - Chef Training. - Full Menu preparation. -Catering events for British Ladies Society and High Profile Clients.

Location

Tallahassee, FL, United States
Travel: 100 kms

Language Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Flexible
      Full refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees
    4.94
    Reviews from Foodies:
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    Hannah
    5.0
    July 2016
    Chef Ayah was fantastic!
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    Marianna
    5.0
    July 2016
    Ayah's service was great. The good was well received by our 50 plus guest--her seared lamb, crab cakes were fantastic as were the mini tarts. Ayah provided a free tasting, adjusted the menu to our preferences and was professional leading up to the event. Her staff (1 bartender and 2 servers) did a great job in moving alcohol throughout the night. It was overall a great experience and we would use Ayah again.
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    Ronald
    5.0
    July 2016
    Chef Ayah was absolutely a professional throughout the planning process for this anniversary celebration. My wife and I had such an amazing experience interacting with Chef Ayah as she prepared the meal. She was so personable, kind, and courteous. I would recommend Chef Ayah highly and would enjoy having her prepare a meal again for my family.
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    Stacy
    5.0
    May 2016
    Ayah was fantastic! It was so nice to have her come and cook for us , and make our birthday dinner a success! Thanks!
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    Tarrus
    5.0
    May 2016
    Great experience and everything was on point.
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    Ernesto
    5.0
    May 2016
    I really loved and enjoyed having breakfast with chef Ayah, it was a delicious meal. It was very easy to communicte with Ayah and she was very flexible about time of the breakfast, because of some issues I had to change the plans in a very short notice and she reacted great! I'll be more than happy to book another event with chef Ayah
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    Lativia
    5.0
    February 2016
    Chef Ayah was the perfect choice for our event. We got off to a late start due to traffic but she was very understanding and accommodating. The food was exquisite and served with impeccable timing. I would definitely book her again in the future.
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    Janice
    5.0
    February 2016
    Our family enjoyed the most wonderful brunch shortly after Valentine's Day, presented in beautiful way by Chef Ayah. We had been looking forward to having her with us and, as I quoted from a Charlie Brown card I once saw, "The anticipation was exceeded only by the actual event!" I've never had a meal -- particularly a three-course meal -- where everything was equally and unbelievably delicious.
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    Tom
    5.0
    January 2016
    Ayah's Dover Sole stole the show!! This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
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    Sarah
    4.7
    January 2016
    This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
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    Dimah
    4.7
    January 2016
    Chef Ayah, Your exquisite food speaks for itself and your energy in dealing with the guests was superb! So great, yet so humble :) This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
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    Shermica
    4.8
    January 2016
    This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
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    Megumi
    5.0
    January 2016
    Chef Ayah truly impressed me at our launch event. She was voted "Favorite Chef" of the evening by our guests and we think that was well-deserved. Ayah is a superb communicator and a very talented chef. She has a warm, welcoming personality and will absolutely impress you when you book her. This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.
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