On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer's guest is Meg Bickford, Executive Chef at Commander’s Palace, a New Orleans landmark since 1893, known for creating great dining memories. Megan “Meg” Bickford has called the Commander’s Palace kitchen her culinary home since June 2008 and took on the role of Executive Chef at the New Orleans destination for leading edge Haute Creole cuisine in October 2020. Meg previously served as the Executive Chef of Cafe Adelaide, the Commander’s family’s playful, modern Creole restaurant. She comes from a family with a father from New Orleans and a mother from “down the Bayou” in Larose, so both Cajun and Creole influences run in her blood. As Commander’s Palace is the kitchen where Cajun and Creole crashed for the first time in the 1970's with Paul Prudhomme and Ella Brennan, Meg and her Creole and Cajun influences are in the perfect position at the helm of the kitchen. Commander's Palace, the winner of seven James Beard Foundation Awards, has evolved into a culinary legend. Today's show also features Shari's PR tip to prove yourself as a leader; Speed Round; Industry News Discussion on restaurant reservation culture, and Shari's Solo Dining experience at Chef/Owner Ignacio Matto's Corner Bar within Nine Orchard, an elegant new hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Photo Courtesy of Meg Bickford.
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