Pop-Up Chef

Shawn Niles


About Shawn Niles

Shawn Niles is the Fat Pastor. He’s a Yakima, WA native, husband, father & culinary adventurer. ​In 2017 he was featured on MasterChef Season 8. Chef Ramsay made a statement that changed Shawn’s life: “Shawn, you're a passionate man, & you were born to serve your community. But I think you were born to cook. Don't stop." ​After that, Shawn & his team started Fat Pastor. They launched Urban Kitchen, a free business & culinary school for at-risk youth; Bite Club, an underground Dining Club, & have competed in various competitions, including the World Food Championships. In February, they opened their first brick-&-mortar in Yakima, The Lab. ​Locally, they’ve won the 2019 Yakima Taco Fest, & been voted Yakima's favorite chef 2 years in row, & 2019 Yakima's favorite caterers. They’ve been featured in various publications including Brides.com, Washington1889 & Apple Brides, & have done special projects with GoDaddy. Shawn will also be competing on a new Netflix series summer 2019.