CHEF JOHN BESH’S NEW ORLEANS is a 26-part cooking series featuring celebrity Chef John Besh – the best of a new generation of New Orleans chefs. Shot in high definition, the series begins airing nationwide this spring on Public Television Stations (check local listings).  

His world-class, award-winning cuisine springs from roots deep in the rich food culture of his south Louisiana heritage. The series is a tribute to and celebration of the food he loved as a boy growing up on the bayous, refined in his years of study in America and Europe, and brought back home where his six New Orleans area restaurants are indelible parts of Louisiana’s restaurant landscape. 

Chef Besh has been the recipient of numerous top industry accolades, including the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast,  Food and Wine magazine’s “Top 10 Best Chefs in America,”  Food Arts Silver Spoon Award and the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s ‘Restaurateur of the Year.’  Gourmet magazine rated restaurant August in it’s “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” twice.

He has also represented New Orleans on several popular series including “Iron Chef America,” “Top Chef,” “Top Chef Masters,” “The Today Show,” “The Paula Deen Show,” “CBS Early Show,” “Martha Stewart,” and “Rachael Ray.” Chef Besh is also the star of a new TLC series “Inedible to Incredible.”   

Chef Besh is a proud U.S. military veteran. After attending the Culinary Institute of America and apprenticeships in Germany and France, Besh led a squad of infantry marines in combat to liberate the Kuwait International Airport during Operation Desert Storm as a non-commissioned officer of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Married and father of four boys, Chef Besh, is proprietor of six award-winning restaurants in New Orleans – August; Lüke; Besh Steak; Domenica; American Sector, which is located on the campus of the National World War II Museum; and La Provence, a rural restaurant in Lacombe, Louisiana. Most recently his first restaurant opened outside of Louisiana, Lüke River Walk, in San Antonio. 

Each half-hour episode, shot at WYES’ New Orleans studios, will draw from Chef Besh’s cookbook, “My New Orleans: 200 of My Favorite Recipes and Stories from My Hometown,” which was nominated for a 2010 James Beard Foundation Award. 

CHEF JOHN BESH’S NEW ORLEANS offers New Orleans classics along with contemporary dishes for a rich gumbo of cooking technique, food history, and personal memories from the chef’s childhood in and around his beloved New Orleans. 

About WYES 

WYES was founded in 1953 on one fundamental idea:  that education could be enhanced and made available to all through technology.  It was the first public television station serving Louisiana and Mississippi, the 12th in the nation, and is the most utilized non-profit organization in our two states with over a half-million people using our broadcasts, outreach activities and web site each week.  It charges no fees, constructs no barriers as it strives to be the most accessible educational, artistic and cultural resource in southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

About APT

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. In 2009, APT distributed 56 of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope Rick Steves’ Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia’s Italy, P.Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary and Thyme, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, The Great American Songbook and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create® – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit For more information on Create, visit

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