Louisiana Bistro - Contemporary Casual Creole Dining In the French Quarter of New Orleans
Born a Yankee with the heart and palate of a southerner William “Pete” Simens came to New Orleans as a boy growing up in the Uptown 11th Ward neighborhood known as the Irish Channel.
Chef Pete began cooking in New Orleans restaurants at the age of 18 training in some of the most revered locations in the city including Jaques-imo's Cafe, Le Crepe Nanu, Houston's on St. Charles and Dick & Jenny's. Even with such influences he credits his adopted NOLA “Big Mama”, Ms. Renee Holmes, as his largest Creole cooking influence.”She's the one who taught me to make gumbo, beans and BBQ pigs feet in the real New Orleans way. Her cooking was the taste of happiness, love and inspiration. She showed me the true way to cook, from the heart.”
After Katrina Chef Pete moved around the country working and learning under Chefs from New York, Philadelphia, New Mexico and Oregon learning new styles and techniques. During his journey he shared the New Orleans style cooking with friends and family, quickly becoming his favorite day off activity. “Making people happy with New Orleans food and seeing a smile with every bite is all I want to do.”
With nothing but respect for the cuisine of New Orleans Chef Pete brings to Louisiana Bistro his own twist to traditional dishes of this great city.
“I am by no means a New Orleans Chef but instead a Chef in New Orleans. I strive to honor the cuisine, people and traditions that made this amazing city in the hopes that those that eat my food know a little bit about what it's like to be at home in New Orleans.”
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