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Johnny + Friends: Yes Ma'am with Chefs Nina Compton, Cassidee Dabney, Traci...
Thu, June 15, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
Garden & Gun and The John Besh Foundation, in partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts, present: Johnny + Friends.
Join legendary Southern Chef John Besh, Garden & Gun, and host of culinary masters for a series of unforgettable culinary experiences in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Proceeds benefit the John Besh Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships, grants, and loans to individuals in NOLA with the passion, creativity and knowledge to enact change in the community.
June 15th, 2017
Compère Lapin Chef/Owner Nina Compton has more than 15 years’ experience manning the stoves of some of the finest restaurants in the country. During a star turn on BRAVO’s acclaimed cooking competition show, Top Chef, on which she was a finalist and fan favorite, Nina fell in love with the Crescent City. An opportunity with Provenence Hotels lured Nina to New Orleans where she opened her first solo restaurant, Compère Lapin, at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in the Warehouse District on June 2, 2015. In addition to her huge success on her first restaurant, Nina is also currently the culinary ambassador for St. Lucia.
In 2015, Chef Casidee Dabney was named the Executive Chef of the Blackberry Farm Barn. Dabney’s team prepares beautifully served multicourse menus of the farm’s signature Foothills Cuisine®, inspired by seasonal, farm-fresh products and produce grown in a garden a short walk away from the Barn. The Barn has been recognized as one of the top restaurants in the South and hosts the 2014 James Beard award for Outstanding Wine Program.
A California native of a small central valley agricultural community, Traci Des Jardins has been a part of the San Francisco food community for 25 years and has opened many great San Francisco restaurants. She currently runs a diverse group of eateries, from her iconic Jardinière, Ferry Building located Mijita, to Public House in AT&T Park which serves classic American fare.
Chef Kristen Kish competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10 where she won the coveted title, becoming the second female chef to win the prestigious competition. She went on to become Chef de Cuisine of Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch’s fine dining restaurant. She left this position in 2014 to travel the world and write a cookbook. Most recently, Kish was co-host of “36 Hours,” a Travel Channel show that partnered with The New York Times to bring the hit newspaper column to television.
Besh Restaurant Group Executive Pastry Chef Kelly Fields is the chef/partner in the bakery and restaurant Willa Jean, which is named after Fields’ grandmother. Growing up in the low-country of South Carolina, Kelly inherited her love of farm fresh ingredients and began baking in some of Charleston’s best patisseries. In New Orleans, she took up baking for iconic New Orleans chef Susan Spicer, and soon decided to push her knowledge to the next level. In New Orleans, she continues to develop relationships with local farmers in an effort to create a more sustainable pastry kitchen.