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The Times-Pic Names New Orleans Chefs To Watch 2015

The masterminds behinds Red's Chinese, 1000 Figs, and more make the cut.

Tobias Womack of Red's Chinese
Tobias Womack of Red's Chinese

The Times-Pic has just announced its 2015 Chefs To Watch as part of their huge Fall Dining Guide, and Brett Anderson also reports that the list of Nola's five best new restaurants will also be released today. The annual top ten restaurants of the year will drop on Thursday and a new category, Critic's Picks, has been added this year and will roll out on Friday.  Contain yourself.

Here now, are the 2015 chefs to watch. Todd Price has interviewed each chef, and here's what each has to say on getting started in the restaurant biz:

  • Camille Boudreaux, Killer Po' Boys: "When I was teenager I had the vision of Killer PoBoys. The idea was to do new school po-boys on one side and old school po-boys on the other."
  • Tobias Womack, Red's Chinese: "I was 15. It was a Sizzler restaurant. I was washing dishes and then the line cook quit. So they put me on the line."
  • Martha Wiggins, Sylvain:  At age 15 in a D.C. deli... "There was a small griddle for short order cooking. I could take up to six orders at a time and remember them. I would fly the orders out. I got addicted."
  • Gavin Cady and Teresa Galli, 1000 Figs: Galli notes that post-college, "Gavin got a job at Domenica and I got a job at Patois. We both had basically no experience."
  • Nick Martin, Primitivo: "I started washing dishes when I was 15 for my mom."

Check out last year's chefs to watch as well.

Red's Chinese

3048 Saint Claude Avenue, , LA 70117 (504) 304-6030 Visit Website


1800 Ortetha Castle Haley, New Orleans, LA (504) 881-1775

1000 Figs

3141 Ponce De Leon Street, , LA 70119 (504) 301-0848 Visit Website

Killer Po-boys

811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 252-6745 Visit Website


625 Chartres Street, , LA 70130 (504) 265-8123 Visit Website