Martha Wiggins

As Executive Chef, Martha Wiggins brings a passion for the culinary craft to the kitchen at Sylvain. Growing up in Washington, D.C., Wiggins started in the industry at local deli, Pumpernickels, at 15 years old, where she found her passion for professional cooking. At age 20, she moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts and attended a culinary arts program while also advancing her culinary experience in several fine-dining establishments.
In 2010, Wiggins relocated to New Orleans and joined the opening staff of Sylvain as the sous chef to Executive Chef Alex Harrell, who helped her develop her creative skills. In October 2014, Wiggins took over as Executive Chef at Sylvain. Since that time, her modern gastropub fare has landed her on The Times-Picayune’s list of Chefs to Watch 2015 and Gambit’s 2015 Emerging Chefs list. Additionally, her holiday cocktail snacks were featured on the cover of Food & Wine’s December 2015 issue. In 2017, Wiggins was nominated for James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year.