Susan's Open Road

SUSAN SPICER

Chef
Bayona

“I was looking for something I wanted to do, and I knew it was out there in the world somewhere, but I just didn't know what it was.”

INTERESTS:

Business Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Experience Exploration Culture Goals Passion Talent Community Success Family

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Graduated from high school, went to one year of college and got restless.
  • Traveled around the U.S. to figure out what she wanted to do.
  • Moved back to New Orleans and started cooking socially.
  • Realized that cooking for others was the calling she'd been looking for.
  • Says there's nothing better than a big crawfish boil, interacting with the people around you, hearing their stories.
  • Calls cooking a "medium" she's very comfortable with, much like an artist.
  • In 1993, won a James Beard Award, widely considered the highest honor in the culinary arts.
  • Her New Orleans restaurant, Bayona, is widely considered to be one of the best in America.

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