Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Sidewalk Chef Kitchen, developed by Ft. Lauderdale’s own 5-star Executive Chef Shashank Agtey, invites locals and members of the press to enter its doors on Monday, Oct. 16, for its grand opening. The kitchen is located just west of Powerline Road between McNab Road and Cypress Creek Road and offers quick, health-conscious meal options to its customers.
Sidewalk Chef Kitchen aims to promote mindful eating habits and help its customers, even when they are pressed for time, achieve over-all healthy lifestyles. The kitchen’s “Healthy Express” dine-in menu provides patrons with fresh, wholesome meals prepared in just a few minutes. For those planning meals ahead of time, the kitchen’s refrigerator section offers a vast selection of pre-packaged, perfectly portioned 500-calorie “Prepared Meals To-Go” – for under $10 – that can easily be heated and served for lunch or dinner.
After decades working as an executive chef in Ft. Lauderdale’s finest restaurants including Café September and the Riverside Hotel, Chef Agtey (known as the Sidewalk Chef) honed in on his passion for clean eating and opened his own kitchen.
“When there are not enough hours in the day, planning healthy meals can be challenging. I’m happy to provide locals with healthy, delicious and affordable meals that fit into their fast-paced schedules,” said Agtey.
Sidewalk Chef Kitchen uses only all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free protein, wild-caught seafood and organic, locally grown (when possible) vegetables to prepare its dishes. Both its pre-packaged meals and dine-in menu options can be delivered to customers through Postmates or GrubHub.
In addition, the kitchen offers lunch and dinner catering options for corporate and private events as well as in-house cooking seminars aimed at teaching average home cooks how to prepare easy, healthy, 5-star meals they can be proud to serve to friends and family.
Sidewalk Chef Kitchen is located at 6500 NW 12th Ave. #101 in Ft. Lauderdale and operates Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please visit its Facebook page or www.sidewalkchef.com.
About Chef Shashank Agtey, the Sidewalk Chef
Indian-born Shashank Agtey began his culinary career as a dishwasher at the famous Club 41 in Miami (known today as The Forge) before landing a job as a sous chef at the Omni Hotel in Miami. He then went on to be the executive chef at Café September in Ft. Lauderdale for 12 years. Since then, he has held the role of executive chef at numerous establishments throughout South Florida including the Riverside Hotel, Pa DeGennaro’s and Hilcrest Golf and Country Club, to name a few. At the age of 34, he had the distinct honor of being selected to cook for President Bush Senior and President Clinton.
An avid runner, Chef Agtey participates in half marathons all over South Florida, “Tough Mudder” obstacle courses and “Spartan” races around the country. He recently developed his own line of all-natural energy bars (Hop Step Jump Energy Bars) and has instructed cooking classes at the Miami Culinary Institute. His current focus is providing affordable, healthy, tasty meals for locals at the Sidewalk Chef Kitchen.