HOMETOWN: Irbid, Jordan
CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Amman, Jordan
OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef/Owner, Alee
LAST SEASON: Winner, “Top Chef Middle East & North Africa,” Season 3: Lebanon
Ali Ghzawi is the Chef and Owner of Alee, an upscale Middle Eastern restaurant that reflects the culture, background and roots of Jordan and the Middle East. During high school, Ali discovered his passion for food and would make 150 sandwiches a day selling them to everyone on campus including faculty members. He went on to complete his education at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts campus Les Roches. Since then, he traveled the world working in high end kitchens at the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, W Hotels, and the two-star Michelin restaurant, Enoteca Paco Pérez. Since winning the third season of “Top Chef Middle East & North Africa,” he has proudly represented Jordan in many culinary and philanthropic events including humanitarian work with the United Nations by supporting their Sustainable Development Goals. He is known for a sophisticated style of Middle Eastern cooking where he uses simple ingredients to create high-end dishes. Ali was nominated in Forbes Middle East’s 30 under 30. Ali is passionate about upholding sustainability, empowering women and the younger generation which are represented at his restaurant Alee, that includes a culinary creative center.