Who's the best chef in the South?
FROM THE GRAPEVINE: Gerri Miller
Thursday, July 30, 2015
New Orleans may be known for its gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffé and sugary beignets, but three of the hottest restaurants in the Crescent City are the Italian eateries Domenica, Pizza Domenica and the new Mediterranean spot Shaya.
Shaya, whose eclectic Israeli-American South menu includes Louisiana shrimp shakshouka, was just named one of the 21 best new restaurants in America. All of the combined success has led to Alon Shaya, the chef and owner behind all three, winning the coveted James Beard Award for best chef in the South.
Domenica has been a hit with diners and reviewers since it opened in September 2009, and so has its offshoot Pizza Domenica, which followed in April 2014. Shaya, combining Mediterranean flavors with dishes from the chef’s native Israel, opened in February 2015 and is “exceeding my expectations of what we envisioned,” he tells From The Grapevine.