John Besh stopped by Inc. for an installment of their webseries Founders Forum, and while he was there, he discussed how Hurricane Katrina helped him see beyond his “little star in chefdom” to help the cooks around him sustain the cuisine indigenous to New Orleans.
In founding the Chefs Move Scholarship, which gives two minority inner city youth of Louisiana every year the opportunity to attend culinary school in New York and then intern at a Besh Restaurant, John was looking to preserve Louisiana’s culinary culture among NOLA natives. Said John:
“Looking through our kitchens, I noticed that everybody kind of looked like me. They were just guys, most of them imported from suburbs from around the country, well-educated, went to the great schools, and then came and would work for me to learn how to cook New Orleans food. And you know, there’s really no way of sustaining New Orleans Food with a bunch of white guys from the suburbs.”
You can check out John’s whole episode of Founder’s Forum here.
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