Talking cuisine with Simone Shapiro

The young chef discusses her quick entree into one of Jerusalem’s most prestigious restaurants, and what she’s learned along the way.

April 27, 2016 17:35
Simone Shapiro

Simone Shapiro in her chef’s uniform, on the Mamilla Hotel Rooftop. (photo credit: SIMONE SHAPIRO)


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In 2015, 23-year-old Simone Shapiro arrived in Israel. Within two weeks, she was hired as the sous chef at the Mamilla Hotel’s Rooftop Restaurant, an impressive position given her young age and the eatery’s renown. This was due to her talent, but also to her strong work ethic.

At the age of 19, Shapiro enrolled in The Art Institute of California’s culinary school, but left a few months later to join the kitchen of legendary chef Thomas Keller. After exploring the cuisine in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, she settled in Jerusalem, which she describes as her “favorite food city.”


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