Chef Avis Allen is the Head Chef at Farmhouse Fraternity, Iowa State University. She was born and raised in the Midwest and has lived in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa over the years. Chef Avis comes from a large family and has been around the food industry for a long time. She and her wife , Anjy, have 3 children, 3 grandchildren, and 13 critters.
Chef Avis had owned three and co-owned seven restaurants in the Des Moines and Omaha areas. On her days off, Avis continues to work as a personal chef, providing catering and gourmet dining in private homes. She truly has a passion for food.
Chef Avis’ first memories of cooking were with her parents. As a child, she remembers making everything from chicken and noodles to fudge to chili. Avis was taught to forage, hunt, trap and make any meal over a campfire. Her passion for cooking led her to become an Executive Chef feeding up to 350 children and adults three meals a day, with the help of teen volunteers.
After graduating from Iowa Culinary Institute and being awarded an internship to France, Chef Avis got the opportunity to spend the time with Chef Didier and Dani Lassaigne at Restaurant le Bon Accueil in Paris, France.
She is currently a member of the Friends of the French Chefs, a Toque Member with Iowa Culinary Institute, and a member of the American Culinary Federation.
In any spare time Avis finds, she spends her time with family, traveling, at Church, volunteering, reading, cooking, gardening, or on the phone with her grandchildren.
Chef Avis is in her first year with College Chefs. She enjoys feeding the men at Farmhouse Fraternity and looks forward to new adventures.
Check out some of her Rockstar food below!