• Private Chef Shawn New York incl CT and NJ
  • French
  • Fusion
  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Modern American
  • Southern
  • Spanish

Signature dish:  

Shrimp on Heirloom Grits

About Me

With roots in the deep south, Chef Burnette began his career in the kitchen at age 15 making pizzas and sandwiches in his hometown of Richmond,VA. Over the next several years, while pursuing other interests, Chef Burnette continually found himself back in the restaurant industry, following a similar pattern that would begin in the front of the house and end in the kitchen.
Jobs with national chains both in the south (Battleground Restaurant Group) and in his adopted home of New York City (Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Dave and Buster’s) lead to experience in every position in the restaurant as well as trainer positions that allowed him to open over 20 restaurants. After years, he was recruited to be the General Manager at the Cobalt Room and subsequently some of New York’s other finest lounges including Bar and Books, The Carnegie Club and Galapagos Art Space.
In the cooking field, Chef Burnette served stage all over Manhattan before landing a job as a prep cook for Chef William Hickox in his new Lower Manhattan gastropub, Mary Queen of Scots. After opening the restaurant and a successful year learning a proper French foundation, Burnette followed Chef Hickox when he departed for Del Posto to become its senior sous chef.
Working under Chef Mark Ladner, the Executive Chef at Del Posto, Burnette blossomed quickly.
Starting initially as a commi, he was promoted quickly into a chef de partie position, with responsibility for shopping daily at the green market in Union Square. This experience left an indelible mark on Chef Burnette’s vision of food. He has since become a tireless researcher and student of the chefs that came before him.
Following an interview on Charlie Rose with Chef Sean Brock (Husk Restaurant), Chef Burnette wrote asking for a job and one week later, was in Charleston working at Husk. The experience at Husk gave Chef Burnette the learning environment he needed to develop the creative skills and ideas for which he has become known. His sharp-focused vision is centered on the use of the finest quality produce and ingredients and treating them with the utmost respect and care. Further, his dedication and commitment to partnerships with farmers is a central tenant of his beliefs. It is his mission to rediscover the flavors of our country, particularly the South, that were lost to the industrialization of agriculture, combining both historically-accurate food with avant garde cooking techniques.
Chef Burnette was Sous Chef and Chef at The Bar at Husk in Charleston SC, Bon Appetite magazine’s Best New American Restaurant 2011 and a restaurant listed on Esquire Magazine’s “Top 10 Restaurants to Eat In Before You Die.” While in these positions, he wrote menus, ran service and created dishes for festivals and national television.
During this time, Chef Burnette worked and traveled extensively with Chef Sean Brock, the Executive Chef and creative force behind Husk, who received James Beard award nominations 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012-2015.
Chef Burnette returned to his adopted home of NYC to act as Executive Sous Chef for April Bloomfield’s empire flagship “The Breslin.” He assumed the reigns of The Ace Hotel’s two restaurants, lobby dining, room service, and event catering. Working with Head Chef Christina Lecki, Chef Burnette gained invaluable experience running such a complex involved business while maintaining an active schedule supporting chef Bloomfield’s travel and defending Michelin Stars.
After 2 years the opportunity came to design, build and operate the food lab at Greenpoint darling of innovation, Glasserie. BIN 5, as his lab became known, was a chance to unleash creativity and delve into research both historical and modernist, while producing all new work for the formidable Chef Eldad Shem Tov. Having a stand-alone food lab and tasked with nothing but creation was an opportunity to allow imagination to run wild while constantly learning both new and old techniques to fuel this award-winning restaurant.
At the end of this creative time Chef Burnette was offered the perfect opportunity to incorporate all of his ideas in a very special project. Butterfield at Hasbrouk House in the Catskill Mountains, where Chef Burnette would become Chef/Partner, afforded the opportunity to incorporate all of his learning, knowledge and passions under his sole direction for the first time. The work at Butterfield included accurately restoring and operating a 300 year old smokehouse, narrowing product sourcing to a 25 mile radius, growing and raising much of the produce for the restaurant with the target of a 100% closed system, as well as building a restaurant from the ground up. This project is still a spot of pride and honor to many in the Hudson Valley and garnered intense praise during the project life.
Chef currently tours extensively with his overfire cooking company and is in production on a pilot for a show about the history behind cooking.

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Reviews - click review to see menu (31)

  • We had a wonderful experience. Shawn made an incredible dinner and we loved learning about how all the ingredients were sourced. We hope to work with again down the road!

    • Worked on October 10, 2021
  • Everything about dinner was perfect. Shawn was a delight to work with and we will be working with him again!

    • Worked on September 18, 2021
  • Excellent meal - Shawn made a lovely dinner and told us a lot about the provenance of the ingredients (and a few great stories from his chef career) and his wife Cindy made sure everyone was well taken care of! Very accommodating of special dietary requests as well!

    • Worked on May 27, 2021
  • Chef Shawn MADE the night!! His food was absolutely killer delicious and if you are into sustainable growing and sourcing, the restaurant industry, and many other awesome topics then Chef Shawn has a few amazing stories to go along with his dishes. Thank you for an extremely memorable and tasty evening!!

    • Worked on April 13, 2021
  • Chef Shawn and his wife Cindy are the absolute best! Friendly, courteous, accommodating and punctual. The food was southern brunch for my best friends bridal shower and everything was so amazing!!! Every guest I had are still talking about how great the food was days later. First-rate service. They left behind plenty of food for us. They made our day! I will definitely be using his services again and I will be recommending him to everyone I know.

    • Worked on May 1, 2021
  • Great - best private chefs we’ve had!

    • Worked on March 27, 2021
  • Shawn and Cindy were incredible, unreal, and wicked smart. No matter what you asked for, they accommodated. All of the guests got his number that night because they wanted to use him. Great conversationalist who provided amazing stories. He has a TED talk and is famous for sourcing his food in incredible and sustainable ways. My friend cried because it was so beautifully done. Chef or not, Shawn is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met, and he responds to your texts faster than you can type them. You MUST go to his maple tree tasting!

    • Worked on February 20, 2021
  • Chef Shawn was amazing! Professional, insightful, and the food was out of this world! We had a great night!

    • Worked on February 6, 2021
  • Fantastic! Exceeded all my expectations. I am only sad I can’t have chef every night.

    • Worked on February 5, 2021
  • Sean was absolutely incredible, warm, and the food was delicious! From start to finish, we felt like we were at a five star restaurant. Highly recommend Sean for any private party!

    • Worked on December 19, 2020
  • Chef Shawn was absolutely amazing! We had a 4 course Israeli-inspired meal and he blew us all away. You can tell he is so passionate about his food and sourcing his food farm to table. I truly cannot imagine a better meal! We will definitely all be using him again.

    • Worked on November 14, 2020
  • Chef Shawn was amazing. I had prepare a meal for my girlfriend and 6 of her friends. He came early so they could watch him prepare. The 4 different courses were sooo good! He was able to accommodate some of the ladies who had dietary restrictions. I would use him again 100%

    • Worked on August 24, 2020
  • Shawn and his wife Cindy were great. He takes pride not only in his cooking but also the ingredients he uses and the presentation of each plate.
    Our guest enjoyed the food and days after, they are still talking about it. I will definitely use his services again in the future and recommend him to others.

    • Worked on July 31, 2020
  • Shawn gave us the absolute best meal and experience I could hope for! This was an intimate dinner with my husband for my birthday and Shawn worked with us to tailor the menu to our liking. He was on time and super friendly. His knowledge was tremendous and he gave us so many interesting facts about our meal and where all the food came from. Every dish he prepared was refined and full of so many interesting flavors. We left completely full and satisfied. :) We would absolutely use Shawn again and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a perfect evening.

    • Worked on July 16, 2020
  • Amazing experience! Chef shawn was extremely professional! His culinary knowledge is off the charts. I couldnt ask for a better chef. I swear i never had food like his before. It means alot from me because I have been to the best resturants all over the world. This guy should have his own cooking show. Rating 15 out of 10

    • Worked on June 27, 2020
  • Chef Shawn and Cindy made an incredible BBQ meal for us and, amazingly, adhered to our many dietary restrictions in doing so! All of the ingredients were remarkably fresh and expertly prepared. This was a top class experience! 10/10 would recommend!

    • Worked on February 29, 2020
  • The Australia Day dinner party that I hosted for a small group of friends was better than I could have imagined. Sean’s food looks and tastes INCREDIBLE -definitely NY high end restaurant quality. He went above and beyond in delivering every menu item that I requested to perfection. He was punctual, warm, engaging and relaxed. I will definitely engage his culinary talent again for future events.

    • Worked on January 18, 2020
  • My experience with Table at Home, thanks to Chef Shawn, was first-rate. The quality of food, depth of knowledge, warmth, and friendliness was unrivaled. In particular, Shawn brought an unparalleled quality of ingredient to the meal which you truly tasted. I am neither a huge fan of salad nor steak, and the salad Shawn made was fantastic and the steak perhaps the best I have had in my entire life. Shawn was flexible with guests and prepared plenty of food, and I am still enjoying the left-overs today! While an expert in whiskey and beer, Shawn even worked with a sommelier friend of his to ensure the wines I proposed worked well with the meal.

    • Worked on February 21, 2020
  • Shawn made a wonderful Middle Eastern Food meal for 14 in my home including homemade bread which he grilled on site. The food was abundant and delicious - his menu proposal alone made him an easy choice- we all enjoyed the evening, thank you!!

    • Worked on December 6, 2019
  • Chef Shawn did a great job with our 17 person dinner! The food was delicious; he was punctual, organized and flexible. I highly recommend his steak with 5 onions! He moved the meal along efficiently and his wonderful wife Cindy helped a great deal too.

    • Worked on December 7, 2019
  • Shawn was INCREDIBLE!! He shared amazing stories and background on every dish, was extremely personable and WOW, the talent!! We all agreed Shawn was the highlight of our whole weekend away!

    • Worked on September 7, 2019
  • Chef Shawn and his assistant Jackson were the absolute best! Chef Shawn was really great to work with and I loved the fact that his ingredients were fresh and locally grown and thoughtfully considered. Our guests and I loved everything that was made for us. I have to say those deviled eggs were possibly the best I've ever had! I can't say enough about him. We had a fantastic experience and I would recommend Chef Shawn to anyone!

    • Worked on August 2, 2019
  • Shawn was absolutely incredible- amazing experience, way better than we anticipated!!!

    • Worked on June 17, 2019
  • Shawn was great! He responded quickly to our last minute request and was able to accommodate a guest who required kosher preparation. His naan bread was the best I’ve ever had, still thinking about it. His wife Cindy was lovely and gracious and helped everything run smoothly. Would definitely ask for Shawn again!

    • Worked on June 11, 2019
  • I hired Shawn for my husband’s 40th and it was well worth it. Even before the night of the event, Shawn was very accommodating in discussing menu options and choices with me. Shawn came early enough to start preparing and made sure his times coordinated with my guests’ arrival. His presentation of the dishes was very thorough so that we knew what we were eating and where the ingredients came from. And most importantly, everything tasted great! He even let us know how he prepared the items our guests loved. He was very personable and friendly. It was an amazing experience and we look forward to more to come.

    • Worked on May 25, 2019
  • Chef Shawn did not disappoint. He was very helpful and cooperative in planning our menu, and the food was beyond delicious. I would recommend him and his food very, very much.

    • Worked on May 6, 2019
  • Shawn was incredible! The food was delicious and he went above and beyond with everything

    • Worked on May 4, 2019
  • Chef Shawn Burnette was absolutely amazing. This was my first, but certainly not the last time using Table At Home. I wanted to do something different for our anniversary, and this seemed like a novel idea.
    From start to finish both the website and Shawn were very communicative and answered any and all questions I had. Shawn was patient with me to go over the menu and his suggestions were perfect.
    Shawn is PUNCTUAL. We had a set call for 6:30 PM two days before the dinner and Shawn called me at precisely 6:30 PM. He was to show up at 6 PM for the dinner and arrived at precisely 6 PM. Tardiness is a pet peeve of mine, and few people in New York are punctual. That was really appreciated.
    On top of being a great chef, Shawn was a really interesting person to talk with while he cooked. He was courteous and really knowledgeable on a lot of topics.
    He made the night fantastic. The kitchen looked like no one had touched a thing after he left, and the meal was one of the best we have eaten in the longest time.
    I would recommend this site and Shawn Burnette to anyone without any hesitation.
    Thanks Shawn!!!!

    • Worked on April 19, 2019
  • I recently bought my brother and his wife a dinner with Chef Shawn. Because they did their honeymoon in Asia Chef Shawn came up with the brilliant idea to make the food "a trip around Asia" and the it was truly magnificent. Each dish was a flavor journey to a different country, imaginatively executed and earthshakingly delicious. My brother who is a very experienced foodie said that the food was comparable to any Michelin starred restaurant!!!

    My brother and his wife had the most delightful experience with him. They have just has been talking and talking and talking about how much he loved meeting Chef Shawn and eating his magical food!!

    • Worked on March 5, 2019
  • We had a wonderful time celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday with a bunch of friends! Chef Shawn (@shawnburnette) was so accommodating and planned a menu consisting of exactly what we wanted! Shawn was very professional, came prepared and was ready to serve dinner right on time. His Cuban dishes were delicious! He was very knowledgeable and even assisted me with making guacamole! Looking forward to using Table At Home again!

    • Worked on March 23, 2019
  • Chef Shawn prepared a delicious southern-inspired meal for my husband and me. The ingridients were fresh from his farm and other local sources. Chef Shawn even welcomed my husband joining in on the cooking so he could learn a few tricks (hello, bacon jam!). Chef Shawn left us with full happy stomachs, cornbread for days, and a supply of homemade pickles. We felt honored to have him take over our kitchen for the evening.

    Bonus: Chef Shawn's company was as good as his food. If you're a foodie, pester him with questions about his experiences in some of the country's most famous kitchens.

    • Worked on February 8, 2019