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Before Hurricane Katrina, John Besh was simply one of New Orleans's most successful chefs, an ex-Marine with an opulent French-inspired restaurant called August that won him awards. But thanks to his extraordinary post-Katrina efforts to feed relief workers and help his own employees through the crisis, he has come to embody New Orleans and its spirit of resilience. Today, Besh has nine restaurants, all focused on southern Louisiana ingredients and culinary traditions, plus the John Besh Foundation, which is devoted to supporting the New Orleans food community through scholarships, grants and loans.