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Sandra Shaffer, Chef River Oaks Country Club

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Sandra Alonzo Shafer, Rivers Oaks Country Club
Year of Graduation: 2009
Program: A.A.S. Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts

Chef Sandra Alonzo Shafer lives in the Houston area where she cooks with great passion using local sustainable foods. After many years working in international transportation for a French petrochemical company, Chef Shafer decided to change careers and pursue her chef degree at The Culinary Institute LeNotre in both Cuisine and Baking & Pastry.

In just a short period of time, she has developed many skills while working in various culinary roles: at country clubs, for a prepackaged healthy meals company, as a private chef for a family and performing event designs with local catering companies.

Chef Shafer continues to develop her culinary skills. This past summer she traveled to France to work at a Michelin Star-rated restaurant and an artisanal pastry and bread shop with more than 40 types of flours based on regional origins. Discovering the Loire Valley and staying in the Green City of Europe, she enjoyed her summer abroad as Nantes was always on her bucket list.

Most days you will find Chef Shafer at different venues volunteering her time, including The Gaston LeNotre endowment fund and the Board of Directors, Les Dames D’Escoffier Houston chapter, Houston Food Bank at the Keegan Kitchen, American Heart Association Latina Leadership Circle or at elementary schools assisting instructors in teaching Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ classes. She is also a member of the American Culinary Federation, World Chef’s Association and Professional Chef Association Houston.

At the moment, Chef Shafer has joined the Houston Sommelier Association, where she is studying to present her First Level Sommelier Exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers in the Spring of 2015.

Chef Shafer’s leisure activities include working in a large vegetable garden, where she has been experimenting on a sustainable lifestyle, riding the MS150 from Houston to Austin, downhill skiing or hitting golf balls at Memorial Park. She will also be running the Chevron half Marathon 2015 in Houston, Texas, next January.