Alon Shaya is Executive Chef and Partner of Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya, a modern Israeli restaurant.
Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin named Domenica one of her top restaurants of 2012. Gayot featured Domenica as one of its hottest restaurants for 2014, and the restaurant has been included in prestigious epicurean publications such as Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Food52. Domenica regularly appears as a Top Ten restaurant in the Times-Picayune’s Dining Guide. In 2010, Esquire Magazine named Alon one of four Chefs to Watch, and he was also named “Chef of the Year” by Eater New Orleans. New Orleans Magazine honored him as “Chef of the Year” in 2012. Alon was named one of the “50 people changing the South” by Southern Living Magazine in 2015. In 2015, Alon was awarded a coveted James Beard Foundation Award, in the “Best Chef – South” category. Also in 2015, Alon was named one of “50 most influential American Jews in America” by The Forward.
Alon works closely with the Crescent City Farmers Market, sitting on the advisory board to support local farmers. He enjoys giving back to communities close to him by cooking latkes each year to bring to Temple Sinai’s Hanukkah Bazaar and spending time in local public schools cooking with students to teach them healthy alternatives in eating.