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New Orleans Chef Alon Shaya Wins the James Beard Award

CULTURATED: Shane Finkelstein, City Guides New Orleans

 

On a recent afternoon, I had the opportunity to interview newly-crowned James Beard Award-winning Chef Alon Shaya over plates of chicken schnitzel, lamb kebabs and heirloom carrots.

The only thing these dishes had in common was that they barely existed in New Orleansbefore the chef opened his latest restaurant, Shaya, on Magazine Street in mid-February.

Lamb Kebabs over tahini, tomatoes and cilantro

Lamb Kebabs over tahini, tomatoes and cilantro

Alon’s story has become the stuff of local legend. The Israeli-born chef was plucked out of a restaurant in St. Louis by legendary Louisiana chef John Besh. He was sent on a whirlwind cooking expedition through Italy, immersing himself in the local culinary traditions in order to return to New Orleans and head the kitchen at Besh’s latest concept, Domenica.

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Chef Alon Shaya wins James Beard Award

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Chef Alon Shaya, who is the principal chef at Domenica Restaurant in the Roosevelt Hotel, Pizza Domenica and the recently-opened Israeli and Middle Eastern themed restaurant Shaya, won the top honor as the James Beard Award recipient as Best Chef from the Southern Region.

Chef Alon Shaya, the recipient of the Best Chef of the South region as determined by the James A. Beard Awards committee. (Photo courtesy of the John Besh Group)

Shaya beat out a slate of other nominees including fellow New Orleanian Chef Justin Devillier from Le Petite Grocery to take home only the second James Beard Award presented to an Israeli.

Shaya’s friend, Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav Restaraurant in Pittsburgh was the first Israeli to win the highly coveted regional award as a nominee from the Mid-Atlantic region in 2011.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” Shaya told the CCJN in an exclusive interview. “It’s really amazing,” he gasped.

Now in its 26th year, the James Beard Awards are named for a legendary food writer and are considered the “Oscars” of the restaurant and food writing world.

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Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in New Orleans

GO NOLA

December 7, 2015

By: Staff

While some people like to cook on Christmas, your idea of a nice way to spend the day might be not cooking (or doing the resulting dishes). If you fall into this category, it’s a Christmas miracle: several New Orleans restaurants will be open for the holiday. A delicious, stress-free meal might be the best present of all.

New Orleans’ culinary traditions includes Reveillon, a Creole multi-course meal created to celebrate the holiday. Almost 50 restaurants participate in the Reveillon holiday tradition, which runs from December 1-31.

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