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Borgne, New Orleans

John Besh (BNC 1999)
Superstar chef John Besh launched his ninth restaurant—with the help of chef Brian Landry—to highlight Gulf Coast seafood with flavors inspired by Isleños, immigrants from the Spanish Canary Islands. Both chefs are New Orleans natives who grew up fishing in the surrounding gulf waters and Lake Borgne, the restaurant’s namesake. “We try to recreate the traditional fish dishes that we ate as kids that have disappeared from local menus,” explains Landry. One signature is the stuffed flounder. “The seafood stuffing has a béchamel base, and—like any good Creole dish—the ‘trinity’ of onions, celery and green bell pepper,” says Landry.

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