Local Hero CHEF Finalists
And the finalists for your favorite CHEF are Ara Malekian, Antoine Ware, Anisha Anand and April Ree - all dedicated to incorporating fresh, real ingredients in their dishes and supporting our local growers! Read about each one then CAST YOUR VOTE for your favorite.
After years on the road cooking various cuisines, Chef Ara Malekian developed an affinity and love for Texas BBQ. He created his own unique BBQ found exclusively at Harlem Road Texas BBQ. He sources his ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and artisans and can regularly be found at the farmer’s market selecting goods from friends to prepare his next feast.
Chef Antoine Ware began his culinary career in New Orleans, working his way up in prestigious restaurants, such as Royal Sonesta and Mr. B’s Bistro. In 2013, he became Executive Chef at Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, where he brings his New Orleans flare to owner, Alli Jarret’s, South Carolina classics. Ware strongly values developing and maintaining relationships with farm vendors, making it possible to use farm-fresh local ingredients in every dish.
As a Personal Wellness Chef at Heartful Earth Cuisine, Anisha Anand strives to inspire and empower people to promote their health with food. Heartful Earth Cuisine offers in home personal chef services with customized meal plans and a variety of personalized cooking workshops with focus on wellness and gut health.
Sweet Mama has been spreading her love of raw foods & organic living throughout the community. By sharing her knowledge upgraded health & passion of organic & raw recipes, April is helping to make our world a healthier place... one household at a time! April Ree is also the Executive Chef at the beautiful Deer Lake Lodge in Montgomery, Texas.