About Chef Shantai
Chef Shantai calls herself a true “foodie” as she began
creating culinary masterpieces at the early age of 5 when giving her first cook book:
Better Homes and Garden New Junior Cook Book (sixth addition, 1984). The young Shantai Fellows set foot in the kitchen as an
assistant to “the ultimate cook,” also known as her Auntie Ruth, who taught her
direction and creation in the kitchen. By the age of 12, Shantai utilized her
culinary craftsmanship to prepare complete dinners for her family of 5 after
her parents long days at work.
According to Chef Shantai, “fresh ingredients with lots of
flavor and love” are the quintessential elements behind her appetizing craft.
Chef Shantai’s passion lies in approaching the most simplistic foods and
applying her own culinary magic to them, which allows her audience to conjure
up memories of a favorite dish prepared by a loved one or a favorite
restaurant. Chef Shantai specializes in an array of cuisine, including classic
American, Asian fusion, Mexican, and Caribbean.
From film sets to red carpet parties to celebrity homes,
Chef Shantai (who began SNM Catering in 2012) has become the culinary stylist and artist of choice for a wide
clientele. A native of Los Angeles, California, Chef Shantai is one of the
city’s most highly-regarded food stylists, gourmet culinary artists, and
celebrity chefs. She brings her love and warm heart in to the preparation and
creation of meals, which to Chef Shantai, fulfill the nourishment of one’s