Interview by Kalina Mazur
What was your culinary education?
I wrote a restaurant news column for the Times-Picayune for about six years, and for about 10 years I was a food columnist for the cooking section. That was my education. So I haven't really had any culinary training, other than growing up in Louisiana.
When did you first become aware of your love for food and for cooking?
Oh, we just love food here. We've always loved food. I come from a big French Creole family and everybody cooks: That's the seat of power in our house. Whoever's in charge of the meal, they're in charge of everything for the day.