- Name: Salimah “Chef Soleil” Abdul-Hakim
- Age: 19
- Job Title: Chef
Salimah, affectionately known as “Chef Soleil”, is a trailblazing entrepreneur and Cincinnati, OH native. As a self-taught chef and former MORTAR cohort graduate (later facilitator), she utilized her previous culinary and travel experiences to launch Soleil Kitchen; a black, woman owned, mobile company. With a passion to provide delicious dope dishes to a variety of clients, including marginalized communities suffering from food desserts, while giving back to communities through the #ChefsForChangeChallenge as well as providing job opportunities to those often overlooked, Salimah has a workforce that’s 92% African American/minority — Salimah has accomplished many of her goals in a short 4 year time span and is only getting started. She’s most proud of her initiatives to mentor start-up business owners and providing opportunities for youth through summer internships.