John Besh

John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches
of southern Louisiana. His nine acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh
Steak, Lüke, La Provence, American Sector, Domenica, Lüke San Antonio,
The Soda Shop, and Borgne) celebrate the bounty and traditions of
the region. In his entrepreneurial pursuits and public activities, John
further preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage,
one mouthwatering dish at a time. That devotion to the importance of
local ingredients and local cuisine extended to the publication of his first
cookbook, My New Orleans, in 2009 and a PBS show, “Chef John Besh’s
New Orleans,” based on the recipes from the book, in 2011. From the
outset of his career, John’s talent and drive have earned kudos: Food &
Wine named him one of the “Top 10 Best New Chefs in America,” and his
flagship restaurant, August, was featured in Gourmet magazine’s “Guide
to America’s Best Restaurants” and “America’s Top 50 Restaurants.”