Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Besh in NOLA. A good thing.

They say that anything worth doing is worth doing right, and, judging by New Orleanians’ votes, Chef John Besh must be doing a lot of things right. Chef Besh and Besh Restaurant Group [Restaurant August, Luke, La Provence, Besh Steak] recently captured four prized spots on Gambit Weekly’s annual Best of New Orleans Reader Poll.

Clenching the top honors, Chef John Besh received the coveted Best Chef title.

Lüke, the newest member of the Besh family of restaurants, burst onto the New Orleans dining scene when it opened its doors in May 2007. This year, Lüke makes its debut on the Gambit newspaper poll as one of the top three Best Hotel Restaurants.

No stranger to gracing ‘Best’ lists, Besh’s original New Orleans restaurant, Restaurant August has an impressive array of wines imported from boutique wineries from France, Italy and the United States, which helped land the restaurant among the top three winners for Best Wine List.

Bringing Besh Restaurant Group’s total number of appearances on the list to an even four is La Provence. Located just outside of New Orleans in Lacombe under the guidance of 2001 Food & Wine Best Chef Randy Lewis, Gambit readers voted this provençal aberge as among the top three on the Best Northshore Restaurant list.

These latest accolades are but the most recent in what has been an impressive summer for the Besh Restaurant Group. Just last month John Besh was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Louisiana Restaurant Association for 2008.