The Westin Chicago Northwest named Ahmed Azizy the new executive chef of the property. Azizy brings exceptional culinary leadership and expertise to all of the property’s on-site dining options, including The Marketplace, 400 Park Bistro and Seared.
Azizy has been an executive chef for GF Management, a national hotel ownership and management company since 2008. Most recently, he joined Holiday Inn Charlotte (N.C.) - Center City as its executive chef at the on-site restaurant, Caffe Siena.
Previously, Azizy worked for Chicago’s Ritz Carlton and The Four Season’s hotels along the the Magnificent Mile, where he quickly worked his way up the fine-dining corporate ladder. In addition to the hotel industry, he exercised his talent, formal education, and experience as a private chef for a number of Chicago’s Gold Coast notables.
As a native of Mohammedia, Morocco, Azizy grew up with very diverse styles of food and cooking. Following his 1991 graduation from The New England Culinary Institute, Azizy traveled to Nice, France, where he went on to win first place in the US Division of the Grand Prix Auguste Escoffier Competition in 1996.