Sara Ayyash

Sara Ayyash is a graduate of Florida Culinary Institute and began her career creating delicious desserts at the award-winning The Troutdale Dining Room in Bristol, VA, Willa Jacks Restaurant in Abingdon, VA and The Blackberry Farm Hotel in Walland, TN.

She moved to Richmond to join the culinary team at The Jefferson Hotel as the Assistant Pastry Chef in 2010 and assumed the Executive Pastry Chef position in less than a year. She delights guests with her sweet treats in TJ's, Lemaire, Sunday Champagne Brunch and private special events while dazzling visitors to the hotel with her much celebrated, larger-than-life holiday displays. She uses local and seasonal inspirations to create simple, yet sophisticated classic American dishes laced with her own personal Southern flair.