Susan Spicer

1989 Best New Chef Susan Spicer
Location: New Orleans

Renowned chef Susan Spicer is one of the most popular and respected culinary figures in New Orleans. Her iconic restaurant Bayona has been a NOLA landmark for three decades, receiving numerous distinctions such as the Nations Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame. A 1989 Food & Wine's Best New Chefs, Spicer has won a James Beard Award, a Mondavi Culinary Excellence Award, and an IACP Award for her cookbook Crescent City Cooking.


Susan Spicer trained under Chef Daniel Bonnot at the Louis XVI Restaurant, considered one of the French chefs in New Orleans, and Chef Roland Durand in Paris. After opening a bistro inside the Hotel Maison de Ville in 1985, she teamed up with her business partner Regina Keever a year later to open Bayona, which launched Spicer into the national spotlight. She has made numerous appearances on television, including Bravo's Top Chef and NCIS: New Orleans (playing herself), and was the inspiration for the character of Janette Desautel on the HBO series Treme. In addition to her flagship restaurant, Spicer owns Rosedale and Mondo at the New Orleans airport.

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