Go into the kitchens of most gourmet restaurants in Charlotte and you’ll find them to be mostly dude-dominated -- but from up-and-coming restaurant owners to personal chefs, women are shifting the landscape. There’s nothing dainty about the flavors these 10 female chefs are cranking out of their respective kitchens.
Executive chef and owner, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
Specialty: Healthy and seasonal, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors
What she’s doing when she's not working: Exercising, yoga, hanging out on a great patio with live music
Favorite thing about Charlotte: “I’ve grown up here and watched this city develop. There is a sense of community here with familiar faces and energetic people.”