“My joy in life is to bring the story of Louisiana to the world.”  Chef John Folse Chef John Folse exudes and exemplifies the hospitality of New Orleans.  Growing up in a Cajun cabin in the swamplands of Louisiana, Chef Folse learned how to cook and appreciate the importance of sustainable sourcing through the “swamp…

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“Food can make you happy.  You can solve all kinds of problems over a plate of food. And that is a wonderful thing.”  Chef Leah Chase   History and hospitality are hallmarks of New Orleans, especially at Dooky Chase’s with Chef Leah Chase, “The Queen of Creole Cuisine” and recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s…

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Mardi Gras is almost here.  Let’s continue tasting New Orleans!   What a delightful honor to interview the highly acclaimed Chef Alon Shaya at his modern Israeli restaurant, Shaya, which was awarded the 2016 James Beard Best New Restaurant of the Year.   Shaya’s menu features favorite dishes such as Lutenitsa, a Bulgarian puree of roasted…

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New Orleans is where it all begins…. Many of you know that Kitchen Chat is a way to honor my late father, who was an outstanding home chef.  I regret not going into the kitchen with him to learn how to cook.  He passed away 26 years ago.  To celebrate what would have been my…

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