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Ella Brennan (1998)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1998-04-26

Duration: 00:24:58

Subjects: BRENNAN, ELLA | RESTAURANTS | Commander's Palace (Restaurant) | Food | Business


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Brennan, Ella Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from April 26, 1998, features an interview with Ella Brennan conducted by Gus Weill. Brennan is the owner of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. She discusses: the Brennan family; how they initially entered the restaurant business; the staffing at Commander’s Palace, including finding a world class chef, the kitchen staff, the development of the front-of-house profession, and the importance of a good maître d; culinary schools; Asian cooking; the responsibility of being named “the best”; the famous people who have visited Commander’s Palace; food in France; the change in wine presentation; and cigars in restaurants.