Chef John 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.