John Besh

John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. Each of his eight acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Luke, La Provence, American Sector, The Soda Shop, Domenica, and Luke San Antonio) celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region. From the outset of his career, Mr. Besh’s talent and drive have earned kudos: Food and Wine magazine 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.” Mr. Besh won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006 and received Food Arts’ Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans. Mr. Besh is a frequent guest chef on NBC’s “Today Show” and has appeared on top programs on The Food Network and the Sundance Channel.

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John Besh doesn’t mince words.