16 to watch in 2016

January 2016
By: Megan Rowe, Restaurant Hospitality

In a hotly competitive business like restaurants, it takes more than mad cooking skills or business smarts to survive. It takes something special, often a passion, and these 16 individuals have it. Keep an eye on these people—we expect big things from them.

Brian Landry
Executive chef, Borgne, New Orleans

When John Besh approached Landry about creating a restaurant, Landry jumped at the chance, which would allow him to showcase seafood while simultaneously revitalizing a part of town that had been hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. A Big Easy native, Landry is passionate about two things: regional food traditions and Gulf seafood conservation. Borgne gave him the perfect vehicle to show off both. Landry is also a community leader, working closely with the John Besh Foundation as a mentor for Chefs Move! scholarship winners and at-risk youth.