Alon Shaya is Executive Chef and Partner of Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya, a modern Israeli restaurant. After training at the Culinary Institute of America, Alon interned at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. There, he worked under great chefs such as Jean-Louis Palladin, a pioneer of fine French cooking in America. During this time Alon gained a passion for Italian cooking, which drew him to St. Louis to open Antonio's Ristorante where he began working with his friend and future business partner, Octavio Mantilla.
Dana Cowin named Domenica one of her top restaurants of 2012 for Food & Wine. Gayot featured Domenica as one of its hottest restaurants for 2014. Domenica was named as one of "the 20 Best Italian Restaurants in America" by Time Out. 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. In 2015, Alon was awarded a coveted James Beard Foundation Award, for "Best Chef – South." That same year, Alon was named one of the "50 people changing the South" by Southern Living, as well as one of "50 most influential American Jews in America" by The Forward. He was also awarded "Chef of the Year" by New Orleans Magazine and named one of the "15 Top Chefs of 2015" by The Daily Meal. Alon was also spotlighted in Tasting Table's list of "The Chefs Who Ruled the Kitchen in 2015."
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