Shaquay Peacock is a skilled and adventurous private chef, food stylist, photographer and writer from Queens, New York. While attending Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI Shaquay received both an Associates Degrees in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Nutrition. She had the distinct opportunity to start her culinary at the Cuisinart Resort in Anguilla as a culinary nutrition intern. After graduating college, Shaquay’s career quickly took off when she landed a position as Chef de Cuisine at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. The time came for Shaquay to return to her native New York where she became Sous Chef at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and several years later went on to become the Sous Chef/Executive Dining Room Chef at the world renowned publication, The New York Times.
In 2013 Shaquay competed on the Food Network’s popular face-off show, Chopped (Liver and Learn episode) where she had the difficult task of creating a delicious dish out of liver and following in her brother Darius’ footsteps as a two time Chopped winner. Darius along with her mother and grandmother were Shaquay’s biggest influences for becoming a chef growing up. In addition to being a contender on Chopped, Shaquay has also appeared on the hit daytime television show, The Chew. She was also a top 20 finalist for the PDN Food Photography Awards and her winning photography can be viewed in their winners gallery.
When Shaquay isn’t cooking she’s spending time on her other passion, traveling! As an avid traveler who’s adventures have taken her to countries such as India, Spain, Italy, Monaco Shaquay loves to explore different food scenes and indulge in foodie favorites. Traveling has inspired her culinary techniques, recipes and tastebuds. Chef Shaquay currently lives in Brooklyn and works as a private chef providing nutritious and healthy meals for food lovers in the metropolitan area.