Alon Shaya

Alon Shaya

New Orleans

About Alon Shaya

Born in Israel and raised in Philadelphia, chef Alon Shaya calls New Orleans his home. The three celebrated restaurants he started and helmed as executive chef/partner - Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and Shaya - all reflect his culinary journey and resounding love of Israeli and Italian cuisine. In 2017, Alon formed Pomegranate Hospitality. He has been nominated for five James Beard Awards. He has been named "Best Chef, South" while at Domenica in 2015, and Shaya won "Best New Restaurant" in 2016. He was named one of the "50 People Who Are Changing the South" by Southern Living magazine in 2015, and one of the "50 Most Influential Jews in America" by The Forward. In March 2018, Alon published his debut cookbook, "Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel" (Knopf). In early 2018, chef Shaya & Pomegranate Hospitality announced the opening of two new restaurants: Saba in New Orleans and Safta in Denver, both now open.


  • Nominee for Best Chef: South
    James Beard Foundation
  • 20 Best New Restaurants
    Esquire magazine
  • Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.
    Travel + Leisure
  • Four Beans
    The Times-Picayune
  • Top 10 Restaurants
    The Times-Picayune
  • Chef to Watch
    Louisiana Cookin' magazine
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in NOLA

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