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!
As a young culinary student, Jackie Blanchard strolled the winding streets of Laguiole, the tiny French town famous for cutlery. She passed store after store, all proudly proclaiming themselves as “Coutelier” which translates, “Knife Shop.” Today, Jackie and her partner, Brandt Cox have their own Coutelier, two actually – one in New Orleans’ Riverbend area and a new shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Despite the French name, Jackie and Brandt specialize in rare, hand forged Japanese knives. We visited her at Coutelier to learn about these highly specialized tools and just why they’re so favored by chefs today.