John Besh

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John Besh
Born (1968-05-14) May 14, 1968 (age 48)
Meridian, Mississippi, USA
Education Culinary Institute of America
Spouse(s) Jenifer Besh (attorney)[citation needed]

John Besh (born May 14, 1968, in Meridian, Mississippi) is an American chef, TV personality, philanthropist, restaurateur and author.


Besh was born in Meridian, Mississippi, and raised in south Louisiana.


Besh's restaurants include:[1]

  • August – New Orleans’ Central Business District – contemporary French cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients.
  • Besh SteakHarrah's New Orleans Casino – steakhouse.
  • BorgneHyatt Regency – coastal Louisiana cuisine, such as shrimp toast rissoles, oyster spaghetti and seafood stuffed flounder.
  • DomenicaRoosevelt Hotel – Italian; name means “Sunday” in Italian.
  • Pizza DomenicaUptown New Orleans - A casual spinoff of Domenica featuring counter service and a great beer selection.
  • La ProvenceLacombe, Louisiana – French.
  • Lüke – New Orleans Central Business District and San Antonio – French, German and Creole cuisine.
  • Johnny Sanchez - New Orleans Central Business District and Baltimore - Mexican-Inspired.
  • Shaya - New Orleans Garden District - Modern Israeli cuisine.
  • Willa Jean - The Paramount at South Market District - bakery and restaurant opening in August 2015.
  • "The Caribbean Room, Bayou Bar, Hot Tin, Silverwhistle Cafe" - All located at the historic Pontchartrain Hotel Opened Summer of 2016 represent the highest in fine dining, refined bar food, craft cocktails and palate pleasing New Orleans breakfast staples respectively.

Television appearances[edit]



  • New Orleans Program: Eat, Exercise, and Enjoy Life, with David A., M.D. Newsome, 2006, ISBN 978-1-58980-344-2.
  • Introduction to Military High Life. Elegant Food Histories and Recipes by Agostino Von Hassell, 2006, ISBN 978-1-931948-60-9.
  • Forward to Trout Point Lodge Cookbook: Creole Cuisine from New Orleans to Nova Scotia, Random House, 2004


Besh has contributed recipes or been featured in the following books:


  1. ^ "Besh Restaurant Group". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ Food Network: Iron Chef America, "Batali vs. Besh"

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