March 2016
By: Forward's editors

An Israeli restaurant in New Orleans doesn’t sound like a recipe for success, but when chef Alon Shaya opened his namesake eatery, Shaya, on Magazine Street this past February 2015, he proved the doubters wrong.

In May, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South for Domenica, another of the John Besh Group restaurants whose kitchen he helms.

In early August, he cooked at the kickoff of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America, a national initiative celebrating “local flavor from coast to coast.”

That month, Bon Appétit named Shaya one of America’s 50 best new restaurants.