March 2016
By: The Daily Meal editors

When chef John Besh hired Israeli-born chef Alon Shaya to be head chef at his newly-opened New Orleans restaurant Domenica in 2009 (and its offshoot, Pizza Domenica), he couldn’t have predicted that in 2015 Shaya would be honored with the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South due to his towering accomplishments in the restaurants' kitchens, after three years as a finalist.