In a state with such a storied culinary heritage, the best chefs uphold our time-honored customs while keeping an eye toward the future. Louisiana Cookin’ introduced Chefs to Watch in 2002 as a way of recognizing talented up-and-coming chefs from restaurants around the Bayou State who show passion for traditions while delivering fresh, new concepts. This year’s lineup of Chefs to Watch includes both Louisiana natives and transplants who draw from the state’s bounty of fresh, local ingredients as well as their own personal experiences. Join the 2020 Chefs to Watch for an exclusive six-course dinner, happening August 24, 2020, at the Southern Hotel in Covington.


For event questions, e-mail Gretchen Norris.

The Southern Hotel

This year’s Chefs to Watch dinner will take place just 45 minutes north of the French Quarter in the quaint town of Covington, Louisiana, at the beautiful Southern Hotel. This historic property was lovingly restored and reopened in 2014, and has reclaimed its role as an integral part of the Covington community. Browse its offerings and book a room here


6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Cocktail Hour in coordination with past Chefs to Watch hosted by St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission

7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Seating

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Dinner

Cocktail Hour

We’re excited to welcome Northshore chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz of Lola Covington, Jeffrey Hansell of Oxlot 9, and Luke Hidalgo of Hambone for Cocktail Hour hosted by St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission. Join us at 6 pm to kick off the evening with artisan cocktails and small bites from these esteemed chefs. 

Meet the 2020 Chefs to Watch

 Logan Boudreaux 

Roasted Pork Belly Torchon
with Salad Lyonnaise

Ana Castro
New Orleans

Crab and Shrimp Aguachile

Anthony Felan  
Fat Calf Brasserie

Vadouvan Chicken Curry
with Charred Okra

Sarah Joy Hays
Baton Rouge

Ice Cream and Cookie Trio

Lisa Nelson 
Queen Trini Lisa
New Orleans 

Doubles (Curried Chickpeas Between Turmeric Flatbread)

Charly Pierre 
New Orleans

Roasted Pepper and Watermelon Soup