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Chef John Folse (1994)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994-07-29

Duration: 00:24:26

Subjects: Folse, John D. | Chefs | Food | Cooking, Cajun | Cooking, Creole -- Louisiana style | John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005 | Lafitte's Landing Restaurant (Donaldsonville, La.)


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Folse, John Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from July 29, 1994, features an interview with Chef John Folse conducted by Gus Weill. Folse, a native of St. James Parish, is a famous chef. He discusses: the differences between Cajun and Creole culture and cuisine; opening Louisiana restaurants in Hilton Hotels in 14 different countries, including Beijing and Moscow; the African influence in Louisiana cooking; the difference between a chef and a cook; his experience of preparing the Vatican state dinner and meeting Pope John Paul II; his restaurant, Lafitte’s Landing; the continuing evolution of Cajun cuisine; and his apprentice chef program.