Opelousas native Jude Tauzin had the classic cook’s
upbringing. He learned at the knees of his mother and grandmother, preparing the kind of southern homestyle meals that pique every hungry boy's interest in the kitchen. The bug
stayed with him, and after a year of training toward becoming a radiologist,
Tauzin dropped out of school to pursue a career as a cook. Now head chef and owner of Catahoula's in Grand Coteau, Tauzin has
just been named one of Louisiana CookingMagazine’s Chefs to Watch.
honor highlights five up-and-coming young chefs crafting some of the state’s most delectable menus. Honorees must have less than
five years at their current jobs, and Louisiana Cooking anonymously visits
each nominee’s restaurant before making its final selections. Tauzin was the
only Acadiana chef chosen.
The four other honorees include three New Orleans
chefs: Spencer Minch of Emeril’s Delmonico, Justin Devillier of La Petite
Grocery and Susan Zemanick of Gautreaux’s, along with Shreveport chef David
Bridges, representing Bella Fresca. The chefs are all featured in the August
issue of Louisiana Cooking, out on newsstands now. They will
also be honored at an upcoming awards dinner and fundraiser for Café Reconcile, a
nonprofit that helps train inner city kids for a life in the restaurant
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.