August 26, 1973 (Tallinn, Estonia)
Andrei Shmakov is a popular and experienced chef of Moscow and Tallinn, who was awarded the title of best hotel chef in the 2018 Gault&Millau international gastronomic guide. He is the owner and chef in SAVVA Restaurant at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow, he also has his own place, Neobistro Tartar köök+baar in Tallinn. Having worked at Noma under Rene Redzepi, the Estonian-born chef was heavily influenced by the New Nordic movement. He launched Lapland restaurant in St Petersburg.
Shmakov is well known to TV audiences in Russia as host of Masterchef Junior, Masterchef Junior 2, Masterchef Junior 3.
– At the beginning of his professional career he worked as a cook in shipping companies: Reederei F. Laeisz (Germany), Tanska (Norway), Sankt- Petersburg (France), then in Tallinn restaurants Mona Lisa and Le Bonaparte, in Tallinn hotels Grand Hotel and Radisson SAS.
– Andrei became a chef in two Tallinn restaurants “Kadriorg” and “Ribe” and in 2007 he completed an internship at the two-star Chez Dominique in Helsinki, then in restaurants in Tallinn.