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Asheville’s Chefs to follow in 2022 (First Edition)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jan 14, 2022 | 0 comments

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Hello my peeps! Ready for more great food this year? I hope so, because the culinary scene is getting hotter and more international than ever!  And guess what? Immigrants are taking the spot light this time! This is very cool because immigrants are the spine of the service industry and usually go unnoticed, and today this is changing.

Asheville is also becoming more international, as I have friends in Budapest and Madrid who have visit Asheville and loved the food, in fact, one of them my good friend Stefan (lives in Budapest) fell in love with the taste of tortillas in Asheville. Yes, he could not believe the taste of tortillas in Asheville yo!

Ok, with this said, lets get to it! Who are the Chefs that I believe are making waves and pushing the local culinary  scene to a different level?

I’m going to start with a guy that has an impressive resume and outstanding skills. He comes from Northern Africa and is ELEVATING the cuisine of Early Girl Eatery in Asheville.



ROCKSTAR, all right, all right, he is a Chef that made an entrance like a rock star, on the day we met.

He made me wait for an hour, and honestly I didn’t mind waiting, as I could see the place slammed with customers and this was odd, because we had previously talked and scheduled to meet at a time when the restaurant was supposed to be slow, but it was BUMPING!

Ok, why do I say he is elevating the cuisine of Early Girl Eatery? Now, I want to make clear this is my personal opinion, as I know this restaurant has enjoyed a strong local following for years. You see, I have been to this restaurant before and I never understood why people loved it so much?And every time I went, someone else took me there.

This has changed now, and I have been there 3 times in less than 4 months, and I plan on going back and try the entire menu because the food is great!.

What makes it so good now? Well, to me it is impressive and yet not surprising that an immigrant (from Northern Africa) is cooking at a restaurant that states their concept is local farm to table, and has quite a bit of southern cuisine favorites in their menu. Yes, Chef Hassan guidance an expertise is making this place one of my favorite places in the west side. I STRONGLY suggest you visit Early Girl Eatery in West Asheville, that is the location I met with Chef Hassan.

Located at 444 Haywood St, in West Asheville.

You can read more about what I had during my visit and Chef Hassan’s professional background here👇🏾https://www.ashevillemulticultural.com/postings/descubre-asheville-goes-to-early-girl-eatery-and-makes-it-bilingual

And Hassan, I still want to eat some Tagine with you brother!

You can follow Chef Hassan on Instagram as Marrakechbistro

Right there table burguer


Right there table burguer

The boos lady at Thai Pearl Restaurant in West Asheville is not playing around guys. SERIOUSLY, Chef May opened her restaurant during the beginning of the pandemic and her restaurant is an impressive survivor, yes considering how many stablished restaurants had to close during the same time.

Now, if you think the restaurant is lucky, you should know she is also putting ASHEVILLE IN THE MAP by attracting the attention of famous YouTube star Raina Huang (584K on YouTube + 248K Instagram) with a spicy challenge that is not for the faint of heart. 

That’s right y’all, I was fortunate, or stupid enough to accept the invite, only to get my ass kicked by Raina and Chef May. I thought, I could eat  hot foods like a pro, and I learned the hard way that I’m not even close to these ladies. My friend The Carolina Foodie was literally crying, and Rob a friend of Chef May was also part of this.

On this day we ate some unbelievable hot Thai food and the video has now reached 54K in 9 days! To have Chinese, Thai, Mexican and American cultures sharing amazing food was quite a multicultural experience❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you Chef!

Besides that, Chef May has accomplished the following:

  • 2021 Winner of “Bring Your Heat Asheville” (Judges’s choice)
  • 2020 TOP DINNER RESTAURANT By the Scout Asheville
  • 2020 BEST NEW RESTAURANT By Stu Helm Food Fan

You can take a look at the menu from Thai Pearl here👇🏾https://www.thaipearlasheville.com/

Ok friends, I look forward to sharing with you my second edition of Asheville’s Chefs To Follow In 2022 next Friday.

Until then stay healthy and safe, because the news are saying a foot of snow this Sunday!

Do you have a favorite meal in Asheville that you think should be a MUST HAVE MEAL IN ASHEVILLE?

Let me know by leaving a comment and I will be happy to check it out!

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