August, Besh Steak, Lüke, Johnny Sanchez and more (New Orleans, LA)
Southern Louisiana native chef, restaurateur and author, John Besh, is one of America’s most respected modern culinary icons. With his critically-acclaimed restaurants in New Orleans such as August and Besh Steak, Chef Besh has mastered the marriage between the finesse of French cuisine and the fun flavors of the Big Easy. Besh has expanded to cities such as San Antonio and Baltimore, adding Italian, German and Mexican concepts to his bullpen along the way.
His talent has resulted in numerous awards and accolades: Food & Wine named him one of the “Top 10 Best New Chefs in America.” He also won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006. Besh’s beloved restaurant, August, has held positions on Gayot’s Top 40 Restaurants and Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Restaurants. In the world of T.V., Besh has his own television show on Spike TV, Hungry Investors.
Chef Besh’s impact on the community extends far beyond restaurants: As a U.S. Marine, Besh has partnered with emergency reconstruction specialists to create high quality ready-to-eat meals for those in need. Following Hurricane Katrina, Chef Besh was one of the first chefs to re-open a restaurant, and thereafter invested heavily to help his native city. Today, he has his own non-profit organization, The John Besh Foundation, which works to preserve that culinary heritage of the Gulf Coast region via scholarships and microloans.
Besh shares his recipes and experiences in his four cookbooks: My New Orleans, My Family Table, Cooking from the Heart, and Besh Big Easy.