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Local Experts: New Orleans, Hadi Ktiri

By Local Expert Hadi Ktiri

Top Chefs in New Orleans

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Susan Spicer

Susan Spicer

Famous as the owner of Bayona in the French Quarter, Susan Spicer is one of the most influential female chefs in the city.  In a world primarily dominated by men, Spicer trained in Paris at the Hotel Sofitel under Chef Roland Durand in the 1970s.  She was also honored when she was loosely the base for the character Janette in HBO’s Treme.   

2
John Besh

John Besh

New Orleans Chef powerhouse John Besh is one of the biggest names in New Orleans cooking.  He owns Domenica, Restaurant August and, most recently, a joint property with Food Network’s Aaron Sanchez.  His kitchens consistently put out brilliant New Orleans-inspired food, and are considered by many to be some of our city’s best.

3
Donald Link

Donald Link

Chef/Owner of Herbsaint and Cochon, Link trained under Susan Spicer at Bayona before moving out west to run the famous MOJO Restaurant in Palo Alto.  In 2007 Link won a James Beard Award for best Chef in the South—which, if you’ve ever been to Cochon, is no surprise.

4
John Folse

John Folse

The famous chef of Restaurant of R’evolution at the Royal Sonesta has spent his career making waves in the world of Louisiana cuisine.  He also helped create the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholl State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  Most recently, in cooperation with the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Folse and Chef Rick Tramonto built one of the most impressive kitchens in the city with their new Restaurant R’evolution.  

5
Alex Harrell

Alex Harrell

Harrell, another alumni from Susan Spicer’s Bayona, moved to New Orleans in 1998 and started as a pantry cook.  In 2010, he joined Sean McCusker as chef at Sylvain in the historic French Quarter.  He continues to push the culinary envelope at Sylvain with dishes such as Buffalo-style veal sweetbreads, pickled gulf shrimp and braised beef cheeks.  


Visit the Top Chefs in New Orleans

Alex Harrell
625 Chartres St (at Wilkinson St.), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
9.2/10

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Gastropub
3
John Folse
777 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
9.3/10

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Cajun / Creole Restaurant
4
Donald Link
701 Saint Charles Ave (Girod St.), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
9.2/10

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New American Restaurant
3
John Besh
301 Tchoupitoulas St (Gravier St), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
8.9/10

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Cajun / Creole Restaurant
4
Susan Spicer
430 Dauphine St (btwn St. Louis and Conti), New Orleans, LA 70112, United States
8.4/10

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New American Restaurant
3
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