Meet our chef/owner – Shabo Emara

Bio: Born and raised in Qualyubia near Cairo, Egypt helping his family to take care of their farm. Inspired by Father-chef successfully graduated  Cairo Hilton Culinary School where he mastered Garde Manger Course, Butcher Course, Saucier Kitchen, Soups and Rague kitchen, Banquets, Pastry courses. After 2 years working as first cook in Hilton Nile (Cairo, Egypt), got the position of Chef de Partie at Marriott Resort (Cairo, Egypt). During 5 years chef Shabo was successfully managing kitchen staff, developing menus, serving VIP guests and groups of the resort.

Worked at Culinary TV show at Nile TV (Cairo, Egypt)

Graduated American Hospitality Academy (Naples, FL)

Worked at Marriott Resort & Spa (Marco Island, FL) as kitchen supervisor

Worked at kosher restaurant “Urban Cafe” (Hollywood, FL) as executive chef

in April 2013 chef Shabo took over “Exotic Bites” restaurant (Hollywood, FL). After 6 month he made a total re-branding and changed the concept of a restaurant. Inspired by flavorful home-food he was raised on, he combined the most authentic recipes of his mother with a classic Moroccan, Egyptian, Lebanese recipes. As a real middle-eastern he couldn’t skip on classic grilled food – KEBABS in his menu, as this is what Mediterranean Barbecue is. At the same time all his life he was obsessed with classic American country kitchen that he mastered while working at “Roy’s Country Kitchen” – one of the restaurants in Cairo Marriott. That’s how “Shabo’s Barbecue” concept appeared –  Fusion American & Mediterranean Barbecue. Only here You can enjoy authentic flavors of Middle-Eastern home food and perfectly seasoned American Country Barbecue.

In October 2019 chef Shabo moved his restaurant to a new bigger location just down the street bringing fine dining experience in Hollywood, Fl to a new level.

Was featured on November’s (2019) edition of Sun Sentinel South Florida by famous local food critic Michael Mayo. Review: Shabo’s Mediterranean Barbecue in Hollywood makes a lateral move for the better – South Florida Sun Sentinel – South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Hosted group of Pageants of Miss Universe 2020 Stage Nearly Set For Miss Universe Pageant At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Hollywood – CBS Miami (

After years of working for world-wide corporation he follows the highest hospitality standards of cooking and service quality requirements. So by visiting Shabo’s Barbecue You should expect freshest tastiest food by our 5* professional chef accompanied by high-level service.

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