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CHEF JOHN BESH

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ART OF LIVING MAGAZINE: CHEF JOHN BESH

John Besh is a chef and native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage, one mouth-watering dish at a time.

Chef Besh has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans, a town whose identity is bound to its food. Each of his six acclaimed restaurants, August, Besh Steak, Lüke, La Provence, American Sector, and Domenica, celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region.

From the outset of his career, Besh's talent and drive have earned him continuous kudos, including being named one of "Top Best New Chefs in America," by "Food & Wine" magazine, his flagship restaurant, "August," featured in "Gourmet" magazine's "Guide to America's Best Restaurants," and "America's Top 50 Restaurants," and more. He won the James Beard Award for Best Chefs of the Southeast in 2006, was named "Restaurateur of the Year: in 2008, and was awarded Food Arts' Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans.

Chef Besh competed in "Top Chef Masters," season 1, on Bravo, and has been on Iron Chef America, where he challenged Mario Batali, and won. That same year, he competed in Food Network's "Next Iron Chef," where he made it to second place with Michael Symon.

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