Our Story

In the heart of NYC, Azara Kitchen is a celebration of culinary dreams and cultural fusion. Here, West African warmth meets Mediterranean zest, each dish echoing a journey across continents. It’s where Chef Ousmane Compaore’s childhood memories, shaped in Burkina Faso with his mother, Azara, come alive. Azara Kitchen isn’t just about food; it’s about family, heritage, and the joy of sharing.

Roots in Burkina Faso: The Foundation of Flavor
Chef Ousmane Compaore’s journey from the humble beginnings in Burkina Faso to the bustling culinary scene of New York City is a saga of passion, dedication, and culinary innovation. Growing up, he was immersed in the rich flavors and cooking techniques of West African cuisine, learning at the side of his biggest inspiration—his mother, Azara. Together, they created dishes that were not only nourishing but also deeply rooted in their cultural heritage.

A Mediterranean Twist: Broadening the Culinary Horizon
Ousmane’s move to Italy was a turning point, opening his eyes to the subtleties of Mediterranean cooking. This experience enriched his culinary repertoire, allowing him to artfully blend the robust tastes of West Africa with the light, aromatic nuances of Mediterranean fare. His journey was paved with challenges, but his unwavering determination and love for cooking propelled him forward.

Azara Kitchen: The Dream Realized in NYC
Upon arriving in New York City, Ousmane’s dream took shape in the form of Azara Kitchen. Here, each dish is a reflection of his journey—a fusion of the traditional and the new, the local and the global. Azara Kitchen is more than a dining destination; it’s a canvas where Ousmane paints with flavors, sharing his story with every plate served. This is where guests are not just eating a meal; they’re partaking in a legacy of love, tradition, and a dream brought to life.