Chef Biesty has an impressive culinary career under her belt, including studying at the CIA in Hyde Park, and training in London with Jamie Oliver as well as Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray of The River Café. After her time in Europe, Biesty returned to San Francisco where she has worked for some of the best chefs in the business, including Traci des Jardins, Richard Reddington and Loretta Keller. After being named a “Rising Star Chef” by the StarChefs, Biesty was a participant on season four of “Top Chef” in Chicago in 2007 during her time as Chef of C0C0500. Prior to opening Shakewell, Biesty was the Executive Chef of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, best known for its restaurant, Scala's Bistro.
Outside of the kitchen at Shakewell, Jen loves to bicycle, walk Lake Merritt and forage for wild mushrooms in the Oakland hills with her wife Sara and her dog Eloise.
Under the direction of Nugent, service at Shakewell is team-oriented, friendly, attentive and accommodating. After 25 years in the hospitality industry, the multifaceted Nugent has worked in some of the best kitchens in the Bay Area, including Zuni Cafe, Campton Place, Liberty Café and Perbacco, and has a deep passion for customer service. He has held a variety of positions including Executive Chef at Fresh Cream in Monterey, General Manager at Café Rouge in Berkeley, and Executive Pastry Chef at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, and was recently a competitor on the first season of “Top Chef: Just Desserts” in 2010.
Tim loves to run back and forth from home to Shakewell and also enjoys his vodka Negroni after a hard day at work. He’s lived in Oakland’s Lakeshore district for ten years.