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Chef Haydn Shaak’s passion for all things food-related began upon moving to the South in his senior year of high school. His restaurant experience began with dishes and he worked his way up with hard work and dedication. Today, his work has paid off as he finds himself Executive Chef of one of Greenville’s favorite restaurants.
Shaak began his culinary career at age 15 in a pizza kitchen. His passion for the industry blossomed when he moved to the South and apprenticed under his classically trained chef father. He earned an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Greenville Technical College and went on to become Executive Sous Chef of CityRange before his 21st birthday.
His experience as Sous Chef gave him a new understanding of how to motivate his employees and get them to love what they do as much as he does. He took a few jobs in the Upstate before finding his way to Executive Chef of Westminster Retirement where he developed a Chef’s Choice menu for the properties. In late 2014, Shaak returned to Greenville as Sous Chef at High Cotton under Adrian Carpenter, furthering his knowledge of the food industry and gaining invaluable experience.
Shaak is looking forward to putting his own spin on some classic favorites as Executive Chef of Restaurant 17 as well as bringing some fresh, new ingredients to the menu.
When he is not in the kitchen at Soby’s, you can find Shaak exploring the outdoors with his family.