Poppy Tooker Jambalaya

The Back Story

A true New Orleans dish! Classic Jambalaya made by one of the South's best Chefs.

Meet the Guest Stars
Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

Gerard Maras | @

Gerard Maras, though not a native of New Orleans or even Louisiana is a well known figure in the recent culinary history of this food-loving culture.Coming to New Orleans in 1983, via Commanders Palace and restaurant “matriarch” Ella Brennan, Gerard would find his new home. Prior to his arrival, he had been schooled in French Classical cooking in New York and Palm Beach Florida. New Orleans seemed a strange new land, with a culture unlike any he has seen. The food, he soon realized... (full profile)

Poppy Tooker | @poppyt

Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table. Poppy brings all of these elements to the table in her weekly NPR affiliated radio show, “Louisiana Eats”.

Her first book, “The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook” received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine. Her latest book, “Louisiana Eats” was given the Literary Award of the Year by... (full profile)

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