The Hilton Charlotte University Place announced the appointment of Ahmed Azizy to executive chef. Chef Azizy brings exceptional culinary leadership and expertise to the property’s on-site dining options, Edgewater Bar & Grille and Fountainview catering.

Hilton Charlotte University Place offers a tranquil lakeside escape near UNC Charlotte and the area’s best shopping destinations. Guests will marvel at the hotel’s new Edgewater Bar & Grille, formerly known as Lakefront Restaurant, which underwent $750,000 in renovations earlier this year. Edgewater Bar & Grille now boasts new communal tables, private dining spaces, a revamped bar with nine beer taps, seven HD TVs that can be seen at every angle, and fresh, modern decor. The restaurant also features natural light with a stunning view of the beautiful Lake at University Place. The Hilton staff is confident Chef Azizy will continue to enhance the dining experience for guests and locals alike.

The entire team at the Hilton Charlotte University Place is extremely excited to welcome Chef Azizy to the new restaurant. “We’re thrilled with all of the recent changes taking place,” says Brandon Devoe, director of food and beverage. “The space looks phenomenal, and with the new appointment of Chef Azizy, Edgewater Bar & Grille brings a truly unique experience to the university area.”

As a native of Mohammedia, Morocco, Chef Azizy grew up with very diverse styles of food and cooking. His unique background makes him a visionary in the Culinary Arts world.

Chef Azizy notably worked his way to success after moving to the United States. Following his 1991 graduation from The New England Culinary Institute, Chef 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.

Following this career milestone, Chef Azizy went on to work for both the Ritz-Carlton Chicago and The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, along The Magnificent Mile, where he quickly worked his way up the fine dining corporate ladder. In addition to the hotel industry, he exercised his innate talent, formal education and experience as a private chef for a number of Chicago’s Gold Coast notables.

Chef Azizy has been an Executive Chef for GF Management, Hilton Charlotte University Place’s ownership group, since 2008. Most recently, he held the title of Executive Chef at GF Management’s Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City’s on-site restaurant, Caffe Siena.

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