Chef Kevin Belton takes viewers on a tasty tour of New Orleans. From classic French to soul food to German, Irish, and Italian influences, New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton explores the diverse mix of cultures that contribute to the distinctive food of the Crescent City.In this episode: Grillades and grits, pain perdu, bananas foster
In NEW ORLEANS COOKING WITH KEVIN BELTON, chef Kevin Belton takes viewers on a culinary tour of New Orleans. From classic French and soul food to German, Irish, and Italian influences, each episode explores the diverse mix of cultures that contribute to the distinctive food of the "Crescent City." Belton himself is a gumbo of English, French, Native American and African ancestry. His mothers family has roots in the French-Caribbean island of Martinique, and his French-speaking fathers family came from the Bayou Lafourche area of South Louisiana, near Thibodaux. The self-trained chef began cooking under the watchful eye of his mother and grandmother in the Uptown New Orleans home where he grew up. From these talented home cooks, Belton learned to prepare the venerable dishes of the city. In his new series, he shares these family recipes, and his personal tips for making seafood gumbo, shrimp remoulade, pecan crusted redfish, red beans and rice, New Orleans glazed ham po-boys, and many other New Orleans specialties. Cooking instruction is second nature for Belton, who has spent the last 20 years teaching the foundations of Louisiana cooking to appreciative audiences. As an instructor at the New Orleans School of Cooking, this homegrown chef has introduced visitors from around the world to the food and rich traditions of the region. He has been a featured chef and guest on numerous food programs, including Emeril Live, Ready Set Cook, Food Fightersand Taste of America.In 2014 he was recognized as one of the top 30 Louisiana chefs by the American Culinary Federation. NEW ORLEANS COOKING WITH KEVIN BELTON is a chance for viewers to meet a new and charismatic chef/host whose big personality is a perfect match for his 69 frame.