Cooking for a Cause
Chefs Guy Sockrider, Stephen Stryjewski, Michael Sichel, Alon Shaya, and Chris Nealy

In a region known for its cuisine, those who cook it are taken very seriously. In recognition of what culinary talent there is, Louisiana Cookin’ magazine honored five chefs at its 6th annual “Chefs to Watch” awards at Café Reconcile on Aug. 27.  Chefs Alon Shaya of Besh Steakhouse, Michael Sichel of 7 on Fulton, Guy Sockrider of Muriel’s Jackson Square, Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon and Chris Nealy of Mansur’s on the Boulevard (in Baton Rouge) were recognized for their culinary expertise.
Cooking for a Cause
Janet Davas, Fred Holley, and Susan Ford

The event was also a fund-raiser for Café Reconcile. This restaurant located in Central City gives at-risk youths an opportunity to learn skills for the hospitality and restaurant industries.
“This year’s benefit dinner raised more money than any previous year,” says Susan Ford, publisher of Louisiana Cookin’.

Cooking for a CauseCraig Cuccia with Romney and Charley Richard

“Café Reconcile makes a big difference in the lives of a lot of people in the state, and we’re very happy to be able to help fund the venture while honoring five great chefs.”

Cooking for a Cause

Armand St. Martin, Elizabeth Rosato, Sharon Cothran, and Ewell Smith