Learn to cook from one of Charlotte's Top 5 Chefs | Cook local, healthy and sustainable food with Chef Alyssa Gorelick
The start of any new year inevitably brings ambitions to better yourself with New Year’s resolutions. Many struggle with their resolutions because it’s difficult to know how or where to get started. However, if your resolution has anything to do with cooking for yourself, eating healthier, or using locally sourced ingredients, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen may be just what you need to step into 2015 on the right foot.
Founded in 2012 by Chef Alyssa Gorelick and her business partner, Andrew Wilen, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen features culinary classes focused on cooking and eating healthy and using local, sustainable food to do it. I first had the opportunity to meet Alyssa at her learning kitchen in the Atherton Mill Market in South End on Small Business Saturday. We followed up our initial meeting a week or so later at Craft Growler Shop where I had the opportunity to meet her boyfriend and business partner, Andrew. Within a few minutes (a.k.a a glass of delicious local beer) it was easy to see how these two had collaborated as both chef and event planner to create an awesome local business here in Charlotte.
Chef Alyssa has had a passion for food and cooking her entire life. After Alyssa graduated from the Art Institute of Charlotte in 2005 she had the opportunity to work in several restaurants in Charlotte and around the world. In 2011 Alyssa was given the opportunity to become the Executive Chef of Fern, Flavors from the Garden in Plaza Midwood. Alyssa’s experience opening Fern led her to explore the opportunities that existed with local farmers to source healthy and local ingredients. Beyond opening Fern as an Executive Chef, some of Alyssa’s other accomplishments include being named one of Charlotte’s Top 5 Chefs by CBS Charlotte as well as the opportunity to cook at James Beard House in New York City on two separate occasions.
In the Fall of 2011 Chef Alyssa met and began dating event planner and business partner Andrew Wilen. Andrew graduated from Elon University in 2008 where he studied Communications, Sport Marketing and Business Management. With Andrew’s background as an event planner working with the Carolina Panthers, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Denver, New York, Houston and Dallas, and with the Chicago Marathon, it was natural for him to work with Alyssa to combine their skills to found Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen in December of 2012.
Today, with two years under their belt running Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, Alyssa and Andrew have a passion for providing Charlotte with a social and energetic environment where people can learn how to cook and eat healthier with local ingredients. “A cooking class offers a new and exciting alternative to what would be an otherwise traditional night out with friends in Charlotte”, says Alyssa. We here at Crown Town Living couldn’t help but agree so when January 8th rolled around we met again with Alyssa and Andrew for their Basic Meals Boot Camp.