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Sue Zemanick

2008 Best New Chef Award Profile
Sue Zemanick
Photo © Henry Leutwyler

Why she won Because she has imbued a 25-year-old New Orleans restaurant with fresh energy, deftly adding modern European touches to a classic menu.

Born Wilkes-Barre, PA; 1981.

Education Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.

Experience Oceana, New York City; Commander’s Palace, New Orleans.

Favorite childhood dish Pierogies, which she would make with her grandmother Elizabeth Yanok for their local church fund-raisers. “We’d fill them with wild mushrooms that we’d foraged. All the old ladies would yell at us that we were doing it wrong.”

Favorite after-hours hangout d.b.a., in New Orleans. “It’s a great, beautiful bar. I get vodka and soda in a plastic cup. My father owned a bar, so I know that plastic cups are the best way to go—a bar sink isn’t always the most sanitary place.”

Favorite cookbook Alain Ducasse’s Grand Livre de Cuisine. “It’s, like, 1,000 pages. I don’t really use the recipes, but I always find inspiration there.”

Restaurants
Gautreau’s
1728 Soniat St. New Orleans, LA, United States
(504) 899-7397
2 recipes by Sue Zemanick

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