Shaun O’Neale, winner of MasterChef season 7 will be participating in the Great American Foodie Fest on April 27- April 30 located in the Sunset Station parking lot. Shaun will be showcasing cooking demonstrations, as well as doing a pre-release signing of his new cookbook. Shaun has decided to do a raffle alongside his booth for attendees to win a dinner cooked by him. All the proceeds from the raffle will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.
Visit the Great American Foodie Fest website to purchase tickets: greatamericanfoodiefest.com/las-vegas
Winner of MasterChef season 7 Shaun O'Neale has been orchestrating dance floors from the DJ booth for almost 20 years and refining his culinary skills in home kitchens for just as long. In the late 90s, O'Neale found his love for electronic music and quickly climbed the DJ ranks in the underground rave scene, performing regularly with some of the pioneers of the dance music industry. In Tampa in 2003, Shaun would begin to move out of the underground scene and into the mainstream taking residency at some of South Florida's most legendary nightclubs and performing at some of the biggest music festivals of the time. Lured by the bright lights of Sin City, Shaun O'Neale relocated to Las Vegas in 2008 and quickly became a staple in the Vegas pool and nightclub scene holding residencies at major venues like Liquid Pool, Bare Pool, Haze Nightclub, Light Nightclub, and Daylight Pool…just to name a few. O'Neale was also in high demand for major corporate events such as Michael Jordan's Celebrity Golf Tournament and Justin Timberlake's Shriners Open. In 2010, O'Neale became the first DJ to ever perform on Las Vegas Boulevard for a New Year’s Eve celebration in front of over 100,000 people with the beautiful Caesars Palace as his backdrop.
One thing has remained constant for Shaun O'Neale through the crazy years in the DJ booth: his absolute obsession with all things food. Spending years developing and fine-tuning his culinary skills, O'Neale came out of the home kitchen and into the spotlight in 2016 on season 7 of the hit FOX show MasterChef. With his elevated plating and big bold flavors, O'Neale quickly became a front-runner and soon began to dominate the competition, with 8 individual wins starting with the coveted white apron and ending with the MasterChef trophy. Shaun was victorious is 3 Mystery Box Challenges, as well as 3 elimination challenges setting a record for individual wins in the MasterChef kitchen with his incredible flavors and unique eye for creating stunning plates. Having the honor to cook for and learn from true masters in the culinary world like Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Richard Blais, Aaron Sanchez, Edward Lee, and Kevin Sbraga has only intensified Shaun's passion in the kitchen as he now moves on to the next phase as a chef, dJ and author of his cookbook My Modern American Table.
My Modern American Table
Shaun O’Neale, a DJ from Las Vegas, Nevada, earned his spot in the MasterChef Kitchen by cooking a surf and turf dish topped with foie gras and a bone marrow buerre blanc sauce. He didn’t stray from his high-end, fine-dining influence on his dishes, which led him to winning multiple Mystery Box Challenges and securing his spot in the finale. The finale is where he wowed not only Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi, but also guest judges Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud with his three delicious dishes: an appetizer of miso halibut cheeks with vadouvan carrot puree and pickled mushrooms; an entrée of ancho coffee-roasted venison loin with roasted chanterelles and smoked plums with a truffle demi-glaze; and a salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert. In the end, it was Shaun’s exquisite flavors and thoughtful dishes that won over the judges and earned him the MasterChef title.