There is no denying that New Orleans food is some of the best in the world, and part of that reason is that we have world-class chefs here that not only honor and continue culinary traditions, but also bring gourmet innovation onto the scene.
On this episode of GoNOLA Radio, our hosts Lorin Gaudin and George Ingmire get to know a New Orleans culinary leader. Chef Sue Zemanick, who is executive chef of the beloved local restaurants Gautreau’s and Ivy, just won the James Beard Award for Best Chef South, adding to her list of prestigious accolades. On this episode, she shares with us her experience at the awards – nerves, speeches and all.
Chef Zemanick also talks with us about the explosion in the food scene here in recent years. New Orleans has had a surge in dining options and culinary talent, and not only has she had her finger on the pulse of the climate of cuisine in the city, she has played a significant part in setting the bar for local flavor extremely high.
From Gautreau’s classic New Orleans cuisine and fine-dining atmosphere to Ivy’s young, hip lounge feel with great cocktails and small plates, Chef Zemanick has had a chance to explore more than just one side of her culinary passion. Zemanick also lets us in on the food that she loves to eat when she’s not working, including the cuisine that inspires and excites her.
Listen to this episode of GoNOLA Radio to get to know one of New Orleans’ culinary greats right on the heels of her James Beard Award victory.
GoNOLA Radio is a free New Orleans podcast hosted by Sunpie Barnes, Lorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko about the food, music and culture of the Crescent City. Subscribe to GoNOLA Radio on iTunes or download to your mobile device on Stitcher. GoNOLA Radio features music by Cale Pellick.