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Alon Shaya

Chef / New Orleans, LA
Alon Shaya
Photo by Rush Jagoe

James Beard Award nominee
Title: Chef
Location: New Orleans, LA
Establishment: Domenica, Pizza Domenica

Why he's a big deal: He has twice been nominated for a James Beard "Best Chef: South" and named a "Chef to Watch" by Esquire. He worked to get New Orleans culinary community back on its feet after Hurricane Katrina.