Shannon Shaffer is a true artist; he understands that a meal is not just a meal – it’s a memory! He is the executive chef of Design Cuisine, where in 2013, he catered the inaugural luncheon at the Capitol for President Obama.
Shaffer leads a team of talented professionals that continues to inspire with new offerings and contemporary presentations, utilizing the best seasonal ingredients from local partners and purveyors. He believes that the sustainable food movement ensures the economic stability of local small farms and businesses. Formerly, he was executive chef of the Kennedy Center and its Roof Terrace.
Shaffer grew up in Middletown, Maryland, where his mom taught him to cook. Since she worked, he would start dinner after school. In high school, he got a job at Roy Rogers, where he acquired his passion for good service. Shaffer took a few classes at Frederick Community College after graduation from Middletown High School in 1988 and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., which gave him an appreciation for creating and serving fine food.