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Bi-Costal foodie seeking to feed curious bellies!
I am a 12 year cooking veteran with experience in many different cuisines. I studied at Kutztown University with the hopes of obtaining my degree in business management, but the culinary world pulled me back. After completing two years in undergrad I moved back home to get my feet wet in the food industry. I started with working on multiply food trucks( Say Cheese Philly, Street Food Philly, Foolish Waffles, Petruco Pizza...) to build up my confidence to make the transition to brick and mortar. I assisted close friends of mine through my food truck stint with opening up their brick and mortar Revolution Taco in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. Later, I transitioned to being the Co-Sous Chef at South Bowl Philly and integrated many different menu items that tantalized our customers taste buds. One of the most rewarding experiences I had was being able to work with Michelin star Chef Michael Solomonov at his James Beard Award winning restaurant Zahav. I learned how to really dig deep into my expansive palette and create dishes that help up to the standard of out clientele and work with food I was proud of transforming. I took that knowledge and pride and moved to Oakland, California with hopes to bring my inner city perspective and love of food to the west coast and make a name for myself. I worked at a amazing culinary experience that is Bull Valley Roadhouse in Port Costa, CA. I've honed in my skills of butchery, menu planning, troubleshooting kitchen mishaps and how to use local and fresh ingredients. My Move back to Philadelphia comes from wanting to bring what I've learned on the west coast back to people who find it intimidating or hard, that it can be fun and exciting.
For me, cooking is...
The way I connect to the world. Cooking has always grounded me and showed me to not take life so serious and look around me to seek inspiration.
I learned to cook at...
I have been so grateful to learn to cook from my great grandmother. From flavor to helping the food tell the story, she's taught me passion.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Christina Tosi. She's the founder of Milk Bar in NYC. She has a way of keeping the childlike feeling in her food that I absolutely adore.
A cooking secret...
Exploring the savory and sweetness in most ingredients.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Philadelphia.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Philadelphia. You name it!
A longer stay in Philadelphia? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Philadelphia.
Khyania's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Khyania's reviews
Thank you to Chef Khy for the most amazing and delicious culinary journey. You took this intimate dining experience to another caliber. Truly talented hands and astounding expertise! I loved learning about her relationship and story behind her love for culinary arts. She was engaging and kept us on our toes for every dish. I’m so happy we chose her and would absolutely hire her again!
Helen - Mar 25 2021
Chef Khy was phenomenal to work with! Short notice and all for a New Year dinner. Everything was far more than what we anticipated! A diverse selection was presented to us in her proposal which immediately gave excitement in advance. She was personable, punctual, and professional throughout the entire experience. Her passion and flare comes through in her food. What was delivered during the 4-courses was layered with an indescribable array of flavors that prompted us to inquire about every dish. Chef Khy was enjoyable!
Duane Watts - Jan 03 2021
Chef Khy was awesome and her food and presentation was great. This was a painless experience because of her
Michael Lamb - Jun 11 2020
Khyania was absolutely fantastic. From the initial request, Khyania sent me several menu options for me to select from. She was excellent at receiving my requests and helping me form the perfect menu. Communication was easy and clear. The night of the dinner, she was punctual, smiling and an absolute pleasure. Her food was just delicious. I had a four course meal and the first two courses, my partner and I listened and learned. Then we were able to have some private time while the entrees were being prepared. My experience was simply perfect and I can't wait to use her in the future for other events.
John Michael Oleksa - Jan 20 2020
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