Alon Shaya leading four-chef culinary tour of Israel
new Israeli restaurant, Shaya, opened in New Orleans last month.
Four chefs, including Alon Shaya
of New Orleans and John Currence of Oxford, Miss., will lead a "once in a lifetime" culinary tour of Israel this summer.
Shaya has been nominated for Best Chef South for the last three years and been a finalist for the last two.
Shaya opened his self-named Israeli restaurant, Shaya, in New Orleans last month after being executive chef at Domenica and Pizza Domenica.
In 2012 he
was named Chef of the Year by New Orleans magazine
and Solomonov are long-time friends who have collaborated before.
In 2011, Shaya
was part of a Partnership2Gether trip, coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
, that sent four New Orleans chefs to the community's Israeli sister city, Rosh Ha'Ayin.
Inspired by the trip, Shaya
started adding Israeli flavors to his
menus at Domenica
and the trip pushed him toward his
dream of opening an Israeli restaurant.
Shaya said the group will taste the best hummus in the world, "world class wines in the same fields they are grown in, meet an artisan goat cheese producer in the Judean Hills and hike up waterfalls in an oasis by the Dead Sea."
"You will not come back hungry," Shaya