Chef Eyal Shani
Shani was born in Jerusalem in 1959. His culinary passion was first instilled in him by his grandfather, an agronomist and a dedicated vegan, who exposed him to local markets, fields, and vineyards from a young age.
In 1989 he opened his first restaurant "Oceanus" in his home town of Jerusalem. There, he developed a unique culinary language based on regional Mediterranean products:
olive oil, fish, tahini, fresh seasonal vegetables and of course, the tomato.
Since opening his fine dining restaurant, HASALON, in Tel Aviv. Shani is now the inspiration and the leading chef of 24 highly successful restaurants worldwide. Joined by his partner, Shahar Segal, the duo operates Port Said, Romano, Miznon, North Abraxas, HaSalon and Malka in Tel Aviv, Miznon locations in Vienna, Paris, Melbourne, Singapore, and New York, as well as HASALON locations in New York and Miami.
He is considered to be one of the leading figures in the Israeli culinary scene, starring in the TV series "Food for Thought" and appearing on the panel of judges during the past six seasons of Israeli "Master Chef."