Chef Cory Bahr sings the praises of Delta Cuisine in the menus of his warm and welcoming Restaurant Cotton, and his rustic Italian establishment, Nonna, both in Monroe, Louisiana. Cory is a culinary and economic leader here in Louisiana, and deeply involved in the conservation of his beloved South. His newest project is Heritage Catering, an inventive take on classic Southern dishes utilizing live fire cooking that infuses all the flavors, technique and heritage of his beloved Delta region. He is a spokesman for the 2016 Louisiana Tourism Culinary campaign, a director of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, and the only non-New Orleans chef serving on the Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries Chef Council. He is also a spokesman for NOLA Tree Project’s #GreauxHealthyKids campaign and a passionate proponent for access to fresh, healthy food for all children. Honoring everything that’s important in his South — community, culture, and culinary heritage — Cory presents honest dishes with a strong sense of place, for which he has earned a national recognition. His newest project is Heritage Catering will focus on live fire cooking the food of Bahr’s beloved region. He’s been recognized as FOOD & WINE‘s ‘People’s Best New Chef’ in America 2015, FOOD & WINE‘s ‘People’s Best New Chef’ Gulf Coast 2014, Taste of the South “Taste 50” in 2015, Food Network’s “Chopped!” Champion in 2012, King of Louisiana Seafood in 2011, and Louisiana Cookin’ magazine’s ‘Chef to Watch’ in 2011.
Accolades & Publications
- Food Network – Next Food Network Star contestant (2017), Chopped! champion (2012)
- FOOD & WINE – People’s Best New Chef Gulf Coast (2014), People’s Best New Chef America (2015)
- King of Louisiana Seafood (2011)
- Louisiana Cookin’ – Chef to Watch (2011)
- Taste of the South – Taste 50 (2015)