After years of culinary journeys, exploring cultures and searching for the secrets of the Asian cuisine, Shahaf Shabtay takes you on “a journey to Asia” with 5 different cooking techniques.
Shahaf’s area of expertise is Southeast Asian cuisine: Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Thailand. Shahaf is a graduate of the École Grégoire-Ferrandi culinary school of cooking Arts in Paris and holds a C.A.P degree.
From his studies Shahaf took the basics and brought them to the Asian kitchen. He brings to the plate a dialogue and an integration between different cultures, connecting the worlds of East and West – giving an experience of colors, tastes, textures and techniques, all by using Asian materials.
Shahaf’s restaurant SaSaZu has won three times the Best Chef and Best Restaurant of the Year in Prague,
Czech Republic and seven years of Bib Gourmand.
2012 His book “Osm Chuti Asie (Eight Flavours of Asia)” won the Best Five Books of Asian Cuisine in Europe.
2014 He did pop-up bar Door 19 in Moscow and won the Best 50 Chefs by S.Pellegrino.
2015 His restaurant ZENZI won the Best Foreigner Chef in Mumbai by Indian Times.
2016 His restaurant Nithan Thai won the Best Five Restaurants in Berlin.
2020 He created POP & POPE restaurant with Giorgio Armani in Tel Aviv, Israel.
2018 to present Shahaf is the Present Chef of El Al Israel Airlines.