Q&A: Sid Shanti, private chef & author

One of Ibiza’ most lovable, charismatic characters and most talented private chefs, Sid Shanti was always destined for a life revolving around food. After all, his earliest food-related memory involves cooking a full English breakfast in his classroom for show and tell at age 10! But unlike other ‘celebrity’ chefs who make names for themselves before arriving in Ibiza, Sid’s culinary career was a little more topsy-turvy. It was through his second love – music – that he was introduced to the white isle, being booked to play a DJ set at the world’s biggest ever club night, Manumission.

This chance encounter with the island and its people ultimately changed the course of Sid’s life (he wouldn’t have had it any other way) as he got out from behind the decks and back into the kitchen, going on to cook for some of the world’s most famous entertainers, foodies and chefs alike. Most recently, his book Food Glorious Ibiza Food (& Music) became Ibiza’s best selling lifestyle cookbook – a glimpse into the island’s culinary heritage, traditions and natural ingredients plus a collection of recipes and playlists to dine to.

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