John Besh

Chef John Besh shares lessons of mentorship

His latest book looks at relationships between mentors, mentees

John Besh has spent the past dozen years celebrating the cuisine of Louisiana and nurturing the creative talents of those around him.

The former Marine — he helped liberate Kuwait International Airport during the first Gulf War in 1991 — has won most of the awards available to him, starting in 1999, when Food & Wine magazine named him one of the country’s best new chefs, when he was at the now-shuttered Artesia in Abita Springs, La.

In 2001, Besh opened h

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