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Chef Ayah
Tallahassee | | Professional
Specialty Cuisines: American, French, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern
Vetted Experiences: Private Chef, Personal Chef, Cooking Class, Corporate Event, Catering, Chef Consultancy

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How did you start your journey?

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.

Where is your cuisine inspired from?

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.

Work

Culinary Supervisor | Marriott Washingtonian Center | 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.

Banquet Cook | Baltimore Waterfront Marriott | 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.

Pastry Cook | Baltimore Waterfront Marriott | 2013 - 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.

Line Cook II | Hilton Worldwide, Baltimore, MD | 2012 - 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.

Chef/Owner | NoonBites Catering; Kuwait | 2011 - 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.

Training

Student Commis Chef | Le Cordon Bleu, London | 2010
Prepared and measure ingredients for each student station prior to practical classes.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Flexible - Full refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees

What languages do you speak?

English, Arabic

How far can you travel?

100 kms

Foodie Hannah | 5.0

Chef Ayah was fantastic!

Foodie Marianna | 5.0

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, ...

Foodie Ronald | 5.0

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 ...

Foodie Stacy | 5.0

Ayah was fantastic! It was so nice to have her come and cook for us , and make our birthday dinner a success! Thanks!

Foodie Tarrus | 5.0

Great experience and everything was on point.

Foodie Ernesto | 5.0

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 ...

Foodie Lativia | 5.0

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 ...

Foodie Janice | 5.0

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 ...

Foodie Tom | 5.0

Ayah's Dover Sole stole the show!!

This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.

Foodie Sarah | 4.7

This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.

Foodie Dimah | 4.7

Chef Ayah, Your exquisite food speaks for itself and your energy in dealing with the guests was superb! So great, yet so humble :)

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Foodie Shermica | 4.8

This is a review for the ChefXchange DC Launch Event.

Foodie Megumi | 5.0

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 ...