James Beard Award Finalist Nominee,
Best Chef NY 2022
Before bringing Shukette to life, chef/partner Ayesha Nurdjaja earned a devoted following for her vibrant Eastern Mediterranean fare at Shuka in SoHo, which she opened in 2015 after meeting Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer. A Brooklyn native of Italian-Indonesian heritage, Ayesha's entrepreneurial spirit first led her to pursue a business degree at Pace University. Shortly after receiving her degree, Ayesha realized food was her true passion and subsequently enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education. She has worked at various NYC restaurants including Lidia Bastianich’s Felidia, Bar Aristinal, Picholine and Missy Robbins’ A Voce as well as Il Bordello and Red Gravy in Brooklyn as executive chef.
Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Natascha Patterer has spent a decade of her career learning all aspects of the wine industry before joining the Bowery Group as Wine Director. In addition to working several harvests in Oregon's Willamette Valley, Natascha has held beverage manager roles with Starr Restaurant Group and José Andres' ThinkFoodGroup after receiving her Court of Master Sommeliers certification in 2015. In line with the Bowery Group's focus on sustainability across the restaurants' menus, Natascha is passionate about uplifting winemakers that emphasize sustainability and elevating their distinct stories. Her love of food, wine and travel stems from spending childhood summers with her family in Spain and Austria. As a recent transfer to the city, Natascha now resides in Brooklyn where she enjoys cooking for friends and discovering local restaurants in her free time.
Natascha Patterer Wine Director
The Bowery Group
The Bowery Group, a James Beard Award Nominated (Outstanding Restaurateur, 2022) is run by Vicki Freeman, Marc Meyer, Anna-Marie McCullagh, and Chris Paraskevaides, and is comprised of market-driven restaurants including Cookshop, Vic’s, Rosie’s, and Shuka. Each restaurant showcases the season’s bounty through vibrant, ingredient-driven cuisine with an emphasis on local and sustainable sourcing. This summer, The Bowery Group welcomes their newest restaurant in Chelsea called Shukette, inspired by dynamic restaurants throughout the Levant by chef/partner Ayesha Nurdjaja.