Susan Spicer

Culinary Hall of Fame inductee Chef Susan Spicer has blazed trails with complexly flavored dishes that express her passion for world flavors and local cuisine. Born in Key West, Florida, her father’s career as a Naval officer brought the family to New Orleans when she was seven. She learned the pleasure of cooking from her Danish mother and her childhood hobby eventually became a lifelong pursuit. She began her cooking career working for Chef Daniel Bonnot at Louis XVI Restaurant. After an apprenticeship at the Hotel Sofitel in Paris, she went on to become chef at Savoir Fare and later at the Bistro at Maison de Ville. In 1990 she opened Bayona with Regina Keever. Located in a 200-year-old French Quarter cottage, the fine dining establishment has earned national attention and countless awards. Chef Susan received the James Beard Best Chef: Southeast award in 1993 and in 2010 she was inducted into the foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. At Rosedale, a casual eatery in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans, she serves her own style of Louisiana home cooking.