Alon Shaya wins Best Chef: South at James Beard Awards

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New Orleans chef Alon Shaya won Best Chef: South at the James Beard Awards on Monday evening.
  • New Orleans chef Alon Shaya won Best Chef: South at the James Beard Awards on Monday evening.

New Orleans chef Alon Shaya took home the title of Best Chef: South award at the 2015 James Beard Awards Monday evening.

Shaya is the chef and co-owner of Domenica (123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020), Pizza Domenica (4933 Magazine Street; 504-301-4978)and the recently opened Israeli charmer Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213). 

Monday marked the 25th anniversary for the prestigious culinary awards, which were announced at a black-tie gala in Chicago.

Born in Israel and raised in Philadelphia, Shaya came to New Orleans in 2003 and worked under John Besh at Besh Steak in Harrah’s New Orleans. Shaya went on to co-own rustic Italian stunner Domenica and opened the spin-off restaurant Pizza Domenica last year.

In February, Shaya opened his namesake restaurant on Magazine Street, bringing the flavors and dishes of his homeland to New Orleans diners.

Runners-up for the Best Chef: South award from New Orleans included Slade Rushing of the newly re-opened Brennan’s and Justin Devillier, of Le Petit Grocery and the recently opened Balise in the Warehouse District.

Other notable New Orleans nominees included Donald Link, who was up for an Outstanding Chef award, and JoAnn Clevenger, of Upperline, who was nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur award.


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