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A cackling crowd and four celebrity hecklers put Chef John Besh at their mercy when he got roasted at the annual Roast of the Town on May 21.

The restaurant owner was the butt of every joke made at the seventh annual roast, which benefited the Delgado Community College Foundation. Roasters included “Treme” writer and former Times-Picayune columnist Lois Eric Elie, Restaurant Iris’ Chef Kelly English, Harrah’s Casino Senior Vice President and General Manager Jim Hoskins and Zea Rotisserie & Grill’s Chef Greg Reggio. WWL-TV morning anchor Eric Paulsen, who was last year’s roastee, served as this year’s emcee.

The roast, dinner and live auction were held at The Theatre at Harrah’s at 8 p.m. It followed a 7 p.m. reception and silent auction. Individual tickets sold for $150, with various patron levels. Guests enjoyed gourmet dining from area restaurants, including Galatoire’s Restaurant, Andrea’s Restaurant and John Besh Steak House, among others.

A weekend golfing trip to Ft. Meyers, Fla.; a House of Blues Foundation Room membership; and a Delgado Culinary Arts-catered dinner for four were among the prizes available for auction. Proceeds from the roast were dedicated to scholarships for Delgado Culinary Arts students.