Charlotte’s culinary industry is on the rise with Chef Alyssa Gorelick at the forefront.
Alyssa grew up in Charlotte and attended the Art Institute of Charlotte. She has worked in and ran some of Charlotte’s most prestigious kitchens. Her culinary skills took her around the world and she has cooked everywhere from fine dining establishments to intimate settings. Chef Alyssa was the opening Executive Chef at Fern, Flavors from the Garden. While there, her passion for healthy and locally sourced cuisine grew.
In 2011, Alyssa met and began dating her now finance, Andrew Wilen. In December 2012, they formed the idea of Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen. Combining her culinary knowledge with his marketing and events experience, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen now offers classes for every skill level and type of cuisine at Atherton Market, located in the South End. The classes are designed to bring people together to share their love of food and enhance their cooking skill level. The products used in her classes are locally sourced whenever possible and recipes change with the seasons.
Chef Alyssa said admittedly she misses that rush a chef has from getting through a dinner service but is feeling more fulfilled these days by being able to share her love and knowledge of cooking with her students. If you consider yourself a master chef, don’t miss an episode of Top Chef, or even if you cannot boil an egg, I think you will enjoy my conversation with Chef Alyssa during my live show, Not Your Boyfriend’s Radio Hour, Monday, April 4th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Charlotte Community Radio.
Not Your Boyfriend’s Radio Hour, hosted by Amelia Coughlin, airs every other Monday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm via CharlotteCommunity Radio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts.
Amelia Coughlin ~ NYBRadioHour