SandraShafer-Round.pngSandra Shafer, Private Chef

Chef Sandra Alonzo Shafer lives in the Houston area where she cooks with great passion using local sustainable foods. After many years working in international transportation for a French petrochemical company, Sandra decided to change careers and pursue her chef degree at The Culinary Institute LeNotre in both Cuisine and Baking & Pastry.

In just a short period of time she has developed many skills in working in various culinary roles: at country clubs, for a prepackaged healthy meals company, as private chef for a family and performing event designs with local catering companies. But what gives her the most joy is teaching young children the art of eating healthy through summer programs for the Health Museum of Houston and the volunteer work she does for Recipe for Success Foundation at different urban elementary schools in Houston.

Sandra continues to develop her culinary skills. This past summer she traveled to France to work at a Michelin Star-rated restaurant and an artisanal pastry and bread shop with more than 40 types of flours based on regional origins. Discovering the Loire Valley and staying in the Green City of Europe, as Nantes is known,  "was such an eye opener of what we can do to save our planet and is all off the beaten path from touristy France," she claims.

Most days you will find Sandra at different venues volunteering her time, including The Gaston LeNotre endowment fund, Les Dames D'escoffier, Houston Food Bank at the Keegan Kitchen, or at elementary schools assisting instructors in teaching Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ classes. She is also a member of the American Culinary Federation, World Chef's Association and Professional Chef Association Houston.

Chef Sandra's leisure activities include a large vegetable garden, where she has been experimenting on a sustainable lifestyle, riding the MS150 Houston to Austin, downhill skiing or hitting golf balls at Memorial Park.