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The Chef

Meet Chef Alekka

When Chef Alekka Sweeney is not trying new restaurants around the city she grew up in, her primary goal is to bring her 25+ years of Culinary and Pastry knowledge to the homes of those at all ages or cooking levels. You may recognize her by her red hair, glasses, bold cake tattoo, or all of the above.


Professional Experience

  • Classically trained in French pastry from Le Cordon Bleu

  • Associated in Specialized Technology Culinary Arts from Pennsylvania Institute for the Culinary Arts

  • Former owner, operator and teacher at Give Me Some Sugar Cooking School, Chicago 2009-2018

  • 25 + years of experience working in restaurants doing pastry, private chef, catering, menu development, recipe development and testing, and food cost

  • 15 + years teaching experience with various disciplines of baking, cooking, pastry and kids cooking classes

  • 2022 Contestant on “Plate It Pittsburgh"

  • Featured in Pittsburgh’s Table Magazine


"One of the things I really love about cooking for my clients is the personal relationship I get to build with them, getting to know what they like to eat, creating unique dishes for them and also cooking for special occasions or family celebrations.. I truly believe cooking is a form of creative expression and I get to share that with my friends, family and clients. I've been cooking since I was seven years old and I cannot image myself doing anything else."

—  Chef Alekka Sweeney

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