On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
It takes more than raw talent to become a successful chef. On this week’s show, we speak with culinary masters about the importance of mentorship in and out of the kitchen.
We begin with Chefs Aarón Sánchez and John Besh, who discuss how their scholarship programs aim to help aspiring young cooks, and the essential role mentorship has played in their own lives.
Then, we visit with Chef Alfred Singleton, who co-owns the historic Cafe Sbisa in New Orleans’s French Quarter. One thing that was a constant throughout his journey, beginning in his godmother’s po-boy shop to becoming a successful restaurateur, was powerful mentorship.
And Jeremiah Tower talks about his groundbreaking tenure at Chez Panisse in the 1970s, as well as the remarkable, international path his career has taken since those days. Jeremiah’s life has been immortalized by an impassioned new documentary called Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, produced by culinary bad boy number one, Anthony Bourdain.
We’re learning from the greatest on this week’s Louisiana Eats!