Chef Ash graduated from The International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute of Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management.
Along with being the Owner/Chef of Craveable Concepts Catering Company, Chef Ashley works at Luca’s Modern Italian Kitchen (formerly Passion 8) along side Chef Luca Annunziata and is an active member of the Piedmont Culinary Guild.
Though Chef Ash wears many hats and has a heavy load, she still finds time to give back. She is one of the driving forces behind the powerful threesome that runs the Meet the Chefs workshop for the Foundation for Girls.
Being the oldest of six, she had to help out a lot in the kitchen. It wasn't until she was 15 years old that she first realized her passion for baking. While pulling a cake, that she had baked for her family, out of the oven she noticed that it had fallen in the center; meaning that it caved in. Upset by it all, she vowed that day that she would never let that happen again. She has stuck to her vow and has been working on perfecting her gift. This helped her to discover her purpose. Helpingher to realize that there was no way she could keep her gift to herself. This led her to become an entrepreneur, birthing Jazina’s Creations.
Jazina’s Creations is an online bakery that is based in Charlotte, NC. In addition to baking, Chef Jaz loves giving back to the community, as well as working with the youth. Whether sharing her gift, knowledge, time, or resources; she does it with a smile on her lips and love for baking in her heart .
Chef Jaz is also a Bachelors of Arts graduate of The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Charlotte and an active member of The Piedmont Culinary Guild.
Naomi Knox is the Owner/Chef of Keomi Catering Company. She began cooking at the age of 8, staying inside to watch her Great Grandmother cook vegetables that she grew in her garden, while her siblings played outdoors. Being the third oldest of five girls she took on the role of cooking while her mother, a single parent, worked three jobs.
In 2014 she became the head chef at St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen.
In 2015 she started Keomi Catering company.
Also in2015, she had the honor of being one of 33 founding members of the Piedmont Culinary Guild. Now an astounding 211 members strong and growing.
In 2016 she graduated second in her classfrom The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Charlotte affording her the title of Salutatorian.
She began working with Foundation for Girls in 2016 specializing in teaching people how to take uncommon pantry items and make cohesive meals out of them.