Through much of its history, Louisiana has been a source of some of the finest, most interesting cuisine in the world. The state's reputation for melding the wonderful flavors and seasonings of diverse cultures has been a boon to the development many great chefs. Young men and women who aspire to create wonderful dishes from fresh and unusual ingredients find Louisiana is an ideal place to hone their skills. Many who are born here, and many who come to the state to study the art of cooking, end up spending their lives here. Some go on to become successful restaurateurs as well as chefs. Explore the culinary traditions of the state, and you will understand how Louisiana fostered such famed chefs as John Besh, Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhome, Susan Spicer, Frank Brigtson, Tory McPhail, Donald Link, John Folse and many, many others.