New Orleans will celebrate the life of René Bajeux, a beloved French chef who spent two decades helming kitchens in New Orleans, at a memorial at Patrick’s Bar Vin in the French Quarter on October 9, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bajeux died suddenly on September 10 in Mississippi at 61.
Bajeux, who was one of only 55 “Master French Chefs” in the United States, moved to New Orleans in 1997 to take over as executive chef at the revered Grill Room in the Windsor Court Hotel. In 2001 he opened René Bistrot, where he served the food of his native France. Hurricane Katrina closed the restaurant, but he reopened it in 2012 in the Warehouse District’s Renaissance Arts Hotel. By 2013, he had left his namesake restaurant to work with the Marriott and then Dickie Brennan’s restaurants.
The chef loved New Orleans as much as New Orleans loved him, calling it “a crazy city for a crazy guy” in a 2013 interview with Eater New Orleans.
This past summer, he took the executive chef position at the new Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Mississippi, according to Mississippi Business Journal. The restaurant had just opened at the beginning of August.
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