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 and 2021 Chefs to Watch for a special two-night dinner event. The 2020 Chefs to Watch will be cooking Thursday, August 12, and our 2021 Chefs to Watch will be cooking on August 13, at the Southern Hotel in Covington, Louisiana.

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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

Schedule

Thursday, August 12

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

Friday, August 13

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 and Jeffrey Hansell of Oxlot 9 for Cocktail Hour hosted by St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission. Join us at 6:30 pm both evenings to kick off the evening with artisan cocktails and small bites from these esteemed chefs. 

Meet the 2020 Chefs to Watch

Charly Pierre 
Fritai
New Orleans

Roasted Pepper and
Watermelon Soup

Lisa Nelson 
Queen Trini Lisa
New Orleans 

Doubles (Curried Chickpeas
Between Turmeric Flatbread)

 Logan Boudreaux 
Cinclare
Thibodaux

Roasted Pork Belly Torchon
with Salad Lyonnaise

Anthony Felan  
Fat Calf Brasserie
Shreveport

Vadouvan Chicken Curry
with Charred Okra

Sarah Joy Hays
CounterspaceBR
Baton Rouge

Ice Cream and Cookie Trio

Photo courtesy of Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and Joey Bordelon
Special Guest Chef: King of Louisiana Seafood Robert Vasquez
Forks and Corks
Covington

Chilled Lime Honey Glazed Shrimp Cocktail, Avocado Blini, and Poblano Crema

Meet the 2021 Chefs to Watch


Sullivan Zant

Vestal
Lafayette

Lump Crab Salad with Sourdough Toast and Brown Butter Vinaigrette


Melissa Araujo

Alma
New Orleans

Taco de Pato con Salsa Negra
(duck taco with black salsa)


Anthony Goldsmith

Kajun Twist
Galliano

Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya


Serigne Mbaye

Dakar NOLA
New Orleans

Yassa
(fresh seafood in onion-mustard purée)


Thien Nguyen

Soji
Baton Rouge 

Asian Pork Belly


Kaitlin Guerin 

Lagniappe Baking Co.
New Orleans

Sweet Potato Miso Pie
with Poblano Cream

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