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Chef Susan Spicer
Bayona and Mondo Restaurants

Chef Susan Spicer
Chef Susan Spicer

Susan Spicer is a one-woman industry in New Orleans. She has been named one of Food and Wine's 10 Best New Chefs and received the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southeast Region, 1993. Bayona has been featured in Bon Appetit (1994) and Food and Wine featured Susan in their 2000 Thanksgiving issue. She has been a guest chef for the Cunard Line four times and for Crystal Cruise Line in 1996. She has received the DiRoNa designation from Distinguished Restaurants of North America, the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence, and Bayona was voted Number One in Gourmet Reader's Choice Poll of America's Top Tables, New Orleans. Mondo, recently opened in the city's Lakeview neighborhood, specializes in world cuisine "with a New Orleans accent."

More recently, Chef Susan was inducted into the James Beard Foundations' "Who's Who in Food & Beverage" in 2012. She was also inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2007, Spicer wrote Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer's New Orleans. The cookbook was nominated by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for "Best American Cookbook." Chef Susan's book received the award for "Best New Cookbook" by New Orleans Magazine, and was also included in the "Best of the Best" in the top 25 cookbooks of the year.

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