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May 5, 2014 09:47 PM


I'm so happy for Peche being named Best New Restaurant in America, and its chef, Ryan Prewitt, getting the nod for Best Chef - Southeast, by the James Beard Foundation! Ryan has (relatively) quietly made his mark on New Orleans' restaurant scene, first for years as Chef de Cuisine at Herbsaint and now launching Peche to wide acclaim. So very happy for him--and Sue Zemanick of Gautreau's/Ivy, who shared the Best Chef award with Ryan. Nice that both were recognized.

So, my dear karendor: better book a LOT earlier for your spot at Peche next time you grace us with your presence!

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  1. Hear, hear!

    A really nice showing for New Orleans (and my other hometown, Boston) last night. In these heady days of ego-driven cuisine it's gratifying to see the JBF not get suckered into that fad.

    My only real disappointment was that Ron Cooper didn't take the Spirits Professional award ... the work he's doing both for consumers and producers of mezcal is amazing.

    1. Best meal of the trip for us a few weeks ago. Well deserved

      1. Awesome news. Glad I called last week to get my reservation for my Memorial Day trip...

        1. Excited to be able to visit Peche on my first visit to NOLA in June. Coming with husband and 13 year old foodie son. Already have reservations and family is excited to visit a restaurant with bragging rights.

          1. More details and pictures about this meal for anyone interested...

            I know there were questions here about the decor and noise levels, but we found no issues with any of that. Though we may have been a little lucky to have gotten a booth in the back. Go, relax, and let the food do the talking. Try the Hushpuppies, Fried bread, Crawfish Capellini, Whole Grilled Fish, and dont leave without having the Pineapple Rum Cake

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            1. re: Ziggy41

              nay, peanut butter chocolate pie for life!