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Louisiana Eats: Journeys To The Top

Chef Alfred Singleton
Chef Alfred Singleton

On this week's show, we take a close look at superstar chefs to learn what it takes to reach the top.

We begin with Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Through determination and dedication to his craft, Tory has secured his place in the Commander’s Palace family, as well as the restaurant’s chef legacy. Tory discusses his career and relationship with the late Chef Jamie Shannon.

Chef Tory McPhail
Chef Tory McPhail

Then, we visit with Chef Alfred Singleton, who co-owns the historic Cafe Sbisa in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Born and raised in the lower Ninth Ward, Alfred spent nights and weekends at his family’s poor boy shop peeling potatoes and shrimp. He shares with us how he went from dishwasher to business owner, working his way up the ranks at some of the Crescent City’s best restaurants.

And Jeremiah Tower talks about his groundbreaking tenure at Chez Panisse in the 1970s, as well as the remarkable, international path his career has taken since those days. Jeremiah’s life has been immortalized by an impassioned 2017 documentary called Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, produced by the late Anthony Bourdain.

For more of all things Louisiana Eats, be sure to visit us at PoppyTooker.com.

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.