Laura catches a feast today from the Gulf, and no one shows her how to cook it better than Celebrity Chef John Folse, better known as Mr. Louisiana. Of course everyone needs a seaworthy boat, captain and secret ingredient to bring enough fish home, to feed a hungry crew of guests waiting off shore.
Laura also discusses the fresh waters off the coast with Secretary Robert Barham, and boy does he like seafood. Also this week for easy recipe ideas and tips check the Laura@Home segment featuring her own Fresh Crab dish inspired by the Gulf & Chef John Folse!
It is always a pleasure welcoming Chef Folse on the show. Laura and John not only share their experiences within the culinary world, but share a very special friendship. Chef John Folse was and raised in St. James Parish, Louisiana, Chef John Folse, CEC, is respected around the world as a leading authority on Cajun and Creole culture and cuisine. Folse grew up in a family of sugarcane farmers and great cooks, learning at a young age to utilize ingredients from the swamp floor pantry of south Louisiana’s Bayou Country. Following the success of his Lafitte’s Landing Restaurant in Donaldsonville, Folse expanded into catering and manufacturing. Chef John Folse & Company is one of only a few chef-owned food manufacturing companies in the United States producing custom-manufactured foods. Bittersweet Plantation Dairy utilizes milk from local dairy farms to produce Fleur de Lis, Fleur de Teche, various flavors of yogurt and a local favorite, Creole cream cheese. Folse’s catering and events management division is housed at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge.
Chef John Folse has produced eight cookbooks in his Cajun and Creole series. He hosts his own television cooking show, broadcast on public television stations, and his syndicated radio show Stirrin’ It Up! can be heard nationwide. Folse also completed the filming of Louisiana’s Food Heritage: The Encyclopedia Series, based on his best-selling cookbook, The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine. A Certified Executive Chef, member of the American Academy of Chefs and past president of the Research Chefs Association, Folse represents the finest in culinary professionalism and has received numerous accomplishments.
For a complete bio on Chef Folse and list of recognitions and awards please visit http://www.jfolse.com/index.html