On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
On this week’s show, we’re capturing portraits in sound of several superstar chefs in Louisiana and beyond.
We begin with Chef Rick Bayless of Chicago's Frontera Restaurants, who spent his childhood poring over Julia Child’s books and watching her on TV before launching his own successful career. Now, Rick’s the 2016 recipient of the Julia Child Award for his transformative Mexican cuisine.
Then, we bring it back home with Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Through determination and dedication to his craft, Tory has secured his place in the Commander’s Palace family, as well as the restaurant’s chef legacy.
Next, we hear from a Louisiana expat who’s now making waves in Mississippi, Chef Bingo Starr. After gaining years of experience at the Windsor Court Hotel, Delmonico’s, and Cuvée, Bingo relocated to Natchez to be come the chef at the Carriage House Restaurant, one of the city’s oldest and most revered dining institutions.
Finally, we speak with journalist Karen Stabiner, who documented the life and times of Chef Jonah Miller, owner of Huertas in New York’s East Village, in her new book, Generation Chef.
We’re getting personal looks at some professional cooks on this week’s Louisiana Eats!
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