John Besh

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John Besh
Born (1968-05-14) May 14, 1968 (age 47)
Meridian, Mississippi, USA
Education Culinary Institute of America
Spouse(s) Jenifer Besh (attorney)

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- 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.

John Besh Foundation[edit]

Mission The John Besh Foundation was established in 2011.

Chefs Move! Scholarship

John Besh co-founded, Chefs Move! with Jessica Bride.

The mission of Chefs Move! is to diversify kitchen leadership by providing minority applicants the opportunity to train up and become leaders in restaurant kitchens and in their communities. The John Besh & Bride Mayor Scholarship provides two fully paid scholarships, one in Culinary Arts and one in Pastry Arts, for minority recipients from New Orleans to attend the International Culinary Center in New York City. The program at ICC is nine months and is followed by a two month internship with the Besh Restaurant Group. Once the internship has finished, Chefs Move! graduates stay and work in New Orleans for at least two years so that their advanced culinary skills benefit the local area.

Micro Loan Program

In 2011, John Besh set up a micro loan program to aid New Orleans farmers in rebuilding their businesses.

The main mission of the micro-loan program is to provide financial support to local farms who want to increase production and take their vegetables, milk, eggs or meat to the local farmers market, grocery store or restaurant kitchens while simultaneously assisting the farmers marketing and business strategy through local MBA programs.

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


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


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