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Chef Aziza Young

Aziza is a chef with a passion for transforming traditional recipes into extraordinary meals. At the age of 9, her father started teaching her how to cook, and by age 12 she was working for her Pop-pop’s catering company. Her only professional training happened in her junior year of high school, when she went to Montgomery County Technical School for Culinary Arts. In 2014, a year after opening her own catering business, Aziza was cast on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and worked with Chef Gordon Ramsay. Since then, she has been a rising star on television and in the Philadelphia culinary scene. In 2017, she won second place in Reality Rally’s Celebrity Chef Cook Off. She received a Certificate for Culinary Excellence through the Black Chefs Association two years in a row beginning in 2017. In 2018, she was awarded the People’s Choice Award for best Short Rib Lasagna and partnered with a friend to open up their first restaurant that fall. Their joint venture received two awards from Open Table for Best New Restaurant and made it on the Top 24 Best Restaurants in the Western Suburbs. On April 23, 2019, she appeared on one of her favorite shows, the Food Network’s Chopped, and was a runner up. In addition to her many accomplishments, she has also done several pop-ups around the city of Philadelphia.

In the beginning of COVID Pandemic Chef Z saw a need in the community, people needed food. So she reached out to some of her Chef friends and they began cooking 100 meals a day for low income families and senior citizens. Later, Chef Z and Ben, from South Philly Barbacoa, partnered with 215 Alliance, World Central Kitchen, Seamaac, and other organizations and created The People’s Kitchen. Which is in South Philadelphia where Ben is now overseeing the mission.

Chef Z is also apart of a nonprofit organization called Everybody Eats Philly. This organization started after the riots in Philadelphia. The mission is to help low income families with food and everyday essentials; such as toothpaste, diapers, toiletries, ect. Everybody Eats Philly does what you may call, “Popups” twice a month in different areas of the city that have food insecurities and are in need of help.

Currently Chef Z is a personal chef for professional Athletes and their families. She prepares healthy, sustainable meals for them 7 days a week. 

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Sunday Brunch with Chef Aziza Young

March 27th, 2022 – 11am-2pm

Join us for our very first brunch event! Chef Aziza Young will be preparing a delicious menu which will include:

– Stuffed French Toast with a cherry compote

– Shrimp & Grits with seafood gravy and sautéed vegetables

– Crispy chicken and donut waffles with brandy maple syrup

and more…

Complimentary mimosas will be available for guests 21+. Coffee and other beverages will be served.

Seating is limited to 12 guests.

CBD Dinner with Chef Mike McKinley

April 20th, 2022 – 7pm-9pm

Join us at Old City Kitchen for an infused CBD dinner experience…


1) (Infused) Oak Smoked deviled eggs

2) Hummus with Haloumi, Sun dried tomato and olive tapenade, (infused) olive oil

3) Curried purple cauliflower and (infused) truffle oil Bouillabaisse

4) Miso cod, pea shoots, freeze dried edamame, (infused) chili and sesame oil

5) Pork belly with (infused) citrus honey, togaroshi powder, and apple slaw

6) Chocolate, Caramel, and Toffee covered Local bacon bars

Tea service


pasta making philadelphia cooking class

Pasta Making 101 with Chef Edward Strojan

April 23rd, 2022 – 11am-2pm

Pasta making 101:

Rolled and hand shaped pasta




Paired with Classic Sauces:

Cacio e Pepe

‘Real’ Alfredo sauce

Quick fresh tomato sauce

Complimentary wine will be available to guests 21 and over.


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