Shaun O'Neale



Shaun O’Neale exploded onto the culinary scene in September 2016 when he was named Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX.  O’Neale has taken the same skills and determination that helped him to become a successful DJ in Las Vegas and used them to start the next phase of his life as an up-and-coming culinary star. Released in May 2017, O’Neale’s debut cookbook, My Modern American Table, teaches other home cooks how to recreate his upscale, modern American dishes.  

Chef O’Neale’s appearance made possible, in part, with the assistance of Cajun Karl and Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge.


2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cooking Demonstration Tent
My Modern American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


My Modern American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks

Viewers fell in love with Shaun O’Neale on Season 7 of MasterChef. In his debut cookbook, O’Neale presents his take on modern American cuisine with international influences. It’s experimental, it’s edgy, and it’s full of big flavors. This book is not your average home cook’s cookbook. O’Neale encourages you to push your own personal cooking boundaries and teaches you that home-cooked food can be elevated to fine-dining quality with ease. You will be inspired to try new recipes, new techniques, and new flavors, and you will learn that beautiful, high-end plating and presentation is never too complicated.

The book offers 65 mouthwatering recipes, including Bourbon Braised Short Rib Ravioli; Spicy Miso Black Cod with Fresh Herb Salad; Chicken Saltimbocca Sandwich; Charred Balsamic Brussels Sprouts; Crazy Cheese Truffle Mac; Candied Bacon Cheesecake; and more. The book also shares stories from the seventh season of MasterChef and O’Neale’s path to victory, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the exciting show. With O’Neale as your guide, this is the starting point in your own culinary journey, because the secrets in these pages won over the judges and earned O’Neale the title of MasterChef!


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