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. After supporting himself as a dishwasher at the famous Club 41 in Miami (known today as The Forge), he landed 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. By working his way up through the ranks of the kitchen, he learned his love of food and cooking.
Since then, Chef Shashank has been the Executive Chef in numerous kitchens in South Florida including EAT at West Rogers Circle, Pa DeGennaro’s, Riverside Hotel, Hillcrest Golf and Country Club,Crocco’s Fine Dining,Revolution Live, and America’s Backyard. 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. More recently, Chef Shashank has taught aspiring chefs at Miami Culinary Instituteas an adjunct instructor.
An avid runner, Chef Shashank leads an active lifestyle by participating in half marathons all over South Florida, “Tough Mudder” obstacle courses and “Spartan” races around the country. In 2017, he developed Hop Step Jump Energy Bars – an all-natural, superfood-filled line of energy bars. Not long after, Chef Shashank honed his passion for clean eating and opened Sidewalk Chef Kitchen in Ft. Lauderdale, where he is passionate about promoting mindful eating habits and making it easy for customers to achieve over-all healthy lifestyles. He truly believes “health is wealth.”