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Shai Lavi

Shai Lavi

Shai Lavi

Meet Shai Lavi, Head Chef and Co-Owner of The Third Space.

Shai Lavi’s culinary journey is a tribute to family, redefining fine dining with a unique, welcoming atmosphere. Growing up in Or Yehuda, Israel, he learned the art of cooking from his mother and grandmother, instilling in him a deep appreciation for tradition and quality ingredients.

Despite owning a toy store and marketing company, Shai’s passion for food led him to create his catering company “Let’s Eat!” and The Third Space, where he shares his family’s recipes and commitment to authentic Mediterranean cuisine. At The Third Space, Shai goes beyond traditional dining by offering a one-of-a-kind experience centered on community and comfort.

At The Third Space, Shai goes beyond traditional dining by offering a one-of-a- kind experience centered on community and comfort. By partnering with local, family-owned farms and fishermen, he ensures that every dish is crafted from the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes daily based on what’s in season, allowing Shai to showcase the diversity of Mediterranean flavors while supporting his community.

In this unpretentious setting, guests are welcomed as if they’re part of Shai’s own family. The focus is on creating connections and memories through food, redefining the notion of fine dining to be inclusive, warm, and deeply rooted in tradition. At The Third Space, every meal is a celebration of family, community, and vibrant, global flavors.

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Always be a part of the solution, never the problem.”  – Shai Lavi