Amanda Shulman

A Connecticut native, Amanda made her way to Philadelphia to attend University of Pennsylvania where she pursued a degree in political science and journalism, and snuck her way into kitchens under the guise of writing assignments. One such assignment led to a year and a half long stage at Marc Vetri’s beloved Roman trattoria Amis and following graduation, a job at his restaurant Vetri.

Amanda then worked abroad at Osteria della Brughiera in Bergamo, Italy before returning to the states and cooking at Ko and Roman’s in New York City. While in the city, she re-started her college supper club, Her Place, hosting dinner parties out of her small, studio apartment in the West Village.

Following New York, Amanda helped open Vetri’s eponymous spot in Las Vegas as executive sous chef before spending a year falling head over heels for French food at Joe Beef in Montreal. She returned to Philadelphia where she “opened” Her Place, a not-restaurant dinner party restaurant with 24 seats, 2 seatings a night, sometimes four days a week. In their first year, Amanda was a semifinalist for James Beard Foundation’s Emerging Chef award and received Craig Laban’s nod for Best New Restaurant. She was also a finalist for James Beard Emerging Chef in 2023.

That same year, Amanda opened My Loup just a few blocks away from Her Place with her husband and the chef of the restaurant, Alex Kemp. My Loup was a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2024.

Headshot Photo Credit: Michael Branscom