Persian born Anoosh Shariat began his culinary career at the young age of 14 while attending high school in West Germany. Although engineering was his chosen field, cooking became his passion. He worked his way through many kitchens in Switzerland and Germany, learning the European techniques. When he moved to Dallas in the late 1970s, his exposure to southwestern and Mexican cuisine furthered his culinary knowledge, and he helped open the Highland Park Café. In 1988, he moved to Louisville as executive chef of Remington’s, where he made a name for himself utilizing his diverse knowledge of European, Middle East and Southwestern cuisine.
In 1993, he opened Shariat’s Restaurant to rave reviews. In 1996, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Anoosh at Shariat’s for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of America series.
Chef Shariat closed his restaurant in 2003 to take a break for 10 years and work as an executive chef and operating manager for SoHo Catering, as well as Brownings Restaurant & Brewery, and MEZ, before getting back as chef/owner of Anoosh Bistro in 2013. He is also the chef/owner at Noosh Nosh, his vision of a family restaurant.