We had the good fortune of connecting with Aniyah Davis-Alix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aniyah, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
One thing about the culinary industry that many may not understand is how competitive and cut-throat it can be. You have to be humble yet confident in your work. I was always the youngest chef in the kitchen, so coworkers with seniority would always doubt my skills. I took that and used it to fuel my fire. I moved from prep stations to various line cook positions, on to Banquet Sous Chef and working for very high profile clients. Now I work for myself and own my own catering business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I lived most of my life in Kaiserslautern, Germany. I’m what they like to call a “military brat”. There, I started my culinary career at the young age of 15. While finishing high school, I worked in a Turkish restaurant. There is where my love for unique and bold flavors began. After moving to the United States and graduating from college from the Art Institute of San Antonio, I entered the fast paced culinary world. I worked in countless bars, restaurants and hotels where I developed my craft and style as a chef.
After having my first son, I decided to leave the demanding life of a kitchen chef and make a drastic switch to the field of education. Although teaching was nothing I ever planned to do, it was the most enlightening and rewarding few years of my life. After becoming a mother of two, I decided it was time that I return to my passion for food.
Today, I specialize in putting my own spin on culinary classics, as well as serving up gourmet street foods. I am known for my decadent pasta, lavish egg-rolls, and BOLD sweet & savory flavors. Myself, my husband and our close friends & family are the core of Love’ O’ Food. We are eager to share our skills and love with the city of Houston. With a limitless menu, we strive for great customer satisfaction and culinary excellence.
Now as a fulltime caterer, I have began organizing various vendor events in the Houston where I strive to showcase other up and coming entrepreneurs. I plan to leave a legacy by giving back to the community through charity and donations.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Although I love the city, I am not from here. I can name countless parks, landmarks and nightlife ventures, but if you are looking for great food and great drinks, Houston is the place to be. Traveler’s Table is a good spot, the menu is diverse and the drinks are great. Also,, like in any city you need a great spot for Asian food. Wanna Bao is the BEST Asian restaurant I have had in years.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this Shoutout to My Team. This goes out to the people who have been supporting me since I was selling lunch platters and making breakfast burritos in high school. To my mom for allowing me to take over family dinners. To my grandmothers for teaching me tips and tricks in the kitchen. To my friend and family for always loving and supporting my dreams. To my high school culinary arts teacher for going the extra mile and to anyone who has simply enjoyed a meal of mine. To my husband for believing in my dreams & to my sons who give me the drive I need to be successful. And most importantly, to God for giving me the ability to strive in my purpose. Thank you!