Chef Frank Brigtsen
Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen's began his culinary career in 1973 as an apprentice at Commander's Palace under the guidance of Chef Paul Prudhomme. He worked with Chef Prudhomme for seven years at K-Paul's and opened his own restaurant, Brigtsen's in 1986. Since that time, he has been named one of the Top 10 New Chefs in America by Food and Wine (1988) and Best Chef, Southeast Region by the James Beard Foundation (1998). Travel and Holiday magazine recognized Brigtsen's as a Good Value Dining Award winner 1992-2001, and Nation's Restaurant News named the restaurant to its Fine Dining Hall of Fame (1999). In 2000, the Zagat Survey named the restaurant its Top Cajun Restaurant. In 2001, Brigtsen's received the Ivy Award from Restaurants and Institutions magazine. He has been featured in Food and Wine, Gourmet and Chef magazines. He has appeared in the PBS series "Great Chefs of New Orleans," the New Garde, Travelers and the Food Network.