Small Town Chefs Awards Dinner

2014 Small Town Chefs Awards

New in 2014, Country Roads’ Small Town Chefs Award honors the achievements of Loui­siana chefs doing big things in small town settings. Please join us in congratulating our 2014 winners: Chef Jeremy Langlois of Houmas House (Darrow, La.) and husband-and-wife teams Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll of Hot Tails (New Roads, La.) and Chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz of LOLA (Covington, La.) These chefs will be profiled with feature articles in the July, “Cuisine” issue of Country Roads, and honored at the 2014 Small Town Chefs Award Dinner taking place at Baton Rouge’s Louisiana Culinary Institute on Thursday, June 26.


Chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz at Lola: bruschetta of house focaccia, pimiento cheese, bacon marmalade, pickled red onions, and micro greens
Chef Jeremy Langlois at Houmas House: Community coffee-marinated loin of lamb, celery root and Yukon Gold potato puree, oven-dried Creole tomatoes, and Abita Root Beer demi-glace
Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll at Hot Tails:
"Black Grouper": Honey powder, Wild-Jazzmen jambalaya with gulf shrimp, satsuma-champagne emulsion, celery

The Small Town Chefs Award is a joint project between Country Roads and Triumph Kitchen, the non-profit facility providing culinary, hospitality, and life-skills training to at-risk youth in the Capital Region. The mission of the award is to recognize culinary creativity state-wide and especially in small towns, where it is sometimes overlooked. “Our students will be the ones to thrive in these environments,” said Triumph Kitchen founder Chef Chris Wadsworth. At Triumph we are dedicated to the growth of culinary excellence state-wide, which is why we felt that an award showcasing the passion at work in small-town settings was perfect.”

Eventbrite - Small Town Chefs Award Dinner

About the Small Town Chefs Award: In keeping with Country Roads’ mission to celebrate the culture of South Louisiana from a regional perspective, we asked readers and businesses from around the region to nominate their favorite chefs working in towns of fewer than 25,000 people. We then asked a panel of nine regional culinary experts to judge the resulting pool of thirty exceptional finalists on the quality and creativity of their cuisine, and their contributions to Louisiana’s vibrant culinary culture. The chefs who received the highest aggregate scores are the recipients of Country Roads' Small Town Chefs awards for 2014.

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