Meet Chef Shashank Agtey
A Culinary Master, A Lover of Healthy Eating
Indian-born Chef Shashank Agtey comes from a long line of accomplished professionals. His mother was a physician and his father a Colonel in the Indian Air Force. From the beginning, Shashank was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot. At the age of seventeen, Shashank learned that his eyesight would prevent him from flying and his life was forever changed.
Shortly after the discovery, Shashank’s father flew him across three continents and dropped him off in Miami with $125 dollars in his pocket. He went on to attend Miami Dade College and then Florida International University, where he earned his degree in International Hotel and Restaurant Management through a track scholarship. Shashank supported himself as a dishwasher at the famous Club 41 in Miami (known today as The Forge) where he realized he could make money and get free meals all at once. After landing a job as a sous chef at the Omni Hotel in Miami, Shashank went on to hold the position of Executive Chef at Café September in Fort Lauderdale for 12 years.
Since then, he has been the Executive Chef in numerous kitchens in South Florida including Off the Hookah, Revolution Live, Stache Drinking Den, America’s Backyard, EAT at West Rogers Circle, Pa DeGennaro’s, Crocco’s Fine Dining, Hillcrest Golf and Country Club and Riverside Hotel. By working his way up through the ranks of the kitchen, Chef Shashank learned his love of food and cooking. He leveraged an education in hospitality into a career as a renowned, 5-star culinary expert.
Chef Shashank has cooked for the wealthy and famous while living and experiencing the rich cultures and diversity of South Florida. At the age of 34, he had the distinct honor of being selected to cook for President Bush Senior and President Clinton.
Chef Shashank’s goal is to cook healthy, 5-star meals in 20 minutes or less. Currently instructing classes at the Miami Culinary Institute, he aspires to bring his gourmet meals to all.
“I am passionate about teaching average home cooks how to make healthy, gourmet, budget-friendly meals that they will be proud to serve their family and friends.”
Chef Shashank is an active participant in his community as an avid promoter for various charities in the South Florida area. He believes in giving back to his community as well as leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Chef Shashank’s cookbook and speaking engagements promote healthy habits and he sets the example for healthy living by participating in half marathons all over South Florida, “Tough Mudder” obstacle courses and “Spartan” races around the country.
Chef Shashank embraces life with a “just do it” attitude, exploring every opportunity that comes his way. He is currently working on creating clean, healthy snack bars and a second cookbook geared towards getting children involved in the kitchen.
Years of experience
1400 NE 55th Street #206
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Sidewak Chef Sample Recipes
- Hearts of Palm w/ Watercress Honey VinaigretteFebruary 13, 2015 - 9:34 pm
- Macadamia-Crusted Mahi-Mahi RecipeFebruary 13, 2015 - 9:25 pm
- Mustard-Rubbed Rack of Lamb w/ Cherry-Walnut SauceFebruary 13, 2015 - 9:15 pm
- World-Famous Cheesecake RecipeOctober 17, 2014 - 9:46 pm
- Vegetarian Fire RecipeOctober 17, 2014 - 9:45 pm
- Roquefort Stuffed Filet Mignon RecipeOctober 17, 2014 - 9:44 pm
- Lobster Francaise and Scallops RecipeOctober 17, 2014 - 9:43 pm
- Chicken ShashankOctober 17, 2014 - 9:43 pm
- Rosemary Garlic Chicken RecipeOctober 17, 2014 - 9:42 pm