Chefs to Watch 2022
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 2022 Chefs to Watch for a special nighttime dinner event. The 2022 Chefs to Watch will be cooking Thursday, October 13, at the Southern Hotel in Covington, Louisiana. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Northshore Food Bank

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The Southern Hotel

The Restaurant at 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 here. Call the Southern Hotel to book a room at a special discounted rate for Chefs to Watch attendees. 

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Schedule

Thursday, October 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

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Cocktail Hour

We’re excited to welcome several Northshore chefs for Cocktail Hour hosted by St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission. Join us at 6:30 pm to kick off the evening with artisan cocktails and small bites from an esteemed group including former Chefs to Watch Keith and Neely of LOLA Restaurant and Chef Steven Marsella of the Gloriette.  

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Meet the 2022 Chefs to Watch

Smoked Fish Croquette with a Marinated Field Pea Salad

Kathryn Mann

High Hat Café
New Orleans


Smoked Fish Croquette
with a Marinated Field Pea Salad

Alfredo's Carrot Dish

Alfredo Nogueira

VALS
New Orleans


Heirloom Carrots with Mole Negro

Snapper Escovitch with Seasonal Vegetables

Niema Longstratt

@cookerycornershv
Shreveport


Snapper Escovitch
with Seasonal Vegetables

BBQ Shrimp and Congee

Vu Le

Chow Yum Phat
Baton Rouge


BBQ Shrimp and Congee

Rabbit Dish

Allison Richard

High Hat Café
New Orleans


Smothered Rabbit Leg Quarter
with Braised Greens and Spoonbread

Jennifer Hughes

Cane River Pecan Co. | The Pie Bar
New Iberia


Caramelized White Chocolate Mousse
and Burnt Orange Cake
with Cocoa Candied Pecans

Awards Dinner Menu is subject to change.

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