About the Chef

Where It All Began

As a native of Charleston, South Carolina, Ava developed an appreciation for dishes

traditional to the lowcountry region. Locally grown produce, meats and other protein sources, play a major role in her menu development, for which she constantly seeks only the freshest, and best ingredients.

Her passion for food began in her mother’s kitchen as a young girl. From that point, her culinary skills have expanded to include robust flavors, fine dining and classic low country cuisine. Her culinary skills have landed her numerous catering and private event opportunities, including personal chef to services to multiple players from the NBA Charlotte Hornets. 

Chef Ava is committed to providing outstanding customer service and delicious food to clients, guests and visitors of Ava’s Lowcountry Cuisine. Chef Ava is a wounded warrior who decided to pursue her passion and completely change her career direction. Upon retirement from active duty service as a logistician with the U.S. Army Special Operations, she enrolled into the Chef’s Academy in Morrisville, NC to further her pursuit in Culinary Arts. 

To explore even more culinary opportunities, Chef Ava moved to Tampa, FL to continue her personal chef services. She keeps plenty busy with private dinners, in-home chef services, kids and adult cooking classes, weddings, special events and more.

In the Spotlight

Awards & Recognition

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