Get the good times rolling as you cook up some of New Orleans' most beloved dishes in this in-person cooking class from Chef Jerry. You'll learn authentic techniques for creating a meal that brings sweet Southern flavor to life in your own kitchen! With Chef Jerry's expert guidance, you'll create a creamy bisque loaded with crawfish and corn, a shrimp-stuffed catfish served with a savory crab sauce and okra with smoked sausage served on a bed of tender rice and vegetables. And don't forget dessert: a classic bread pudding featuring fresh custard seasoned with warm spices.
Crawfish and Corn Bisque
With cream and seasonings
Shrimp-Stuffed Catfish With Crab Sauce
With white wine, salt, butter and flour
Okra and Smoked Sausage Over Rice
With tomato sauce, celery, onions and bell peppers
With sugar, milk, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg
Chef Jerry showed me how to make seafood boudin balls with shrimp and crawfish. He clearly demonstrated each step of the process. The homemade sauce was a simple sauce of mayo, sriracha and lemon juice but added a nice tang to the final dish. The boudin balls turned out a perfect golden brown and crispy when finished. He shared this was a very popular dish that he serves at festivals.
Chef Jerry’s culinary career began in the United States Marine Corps where he served as an executive chef and received awards for his culinary achievements. After his time in the military, he opened a catering business and family restaurant serving Cajun and Creole fare. Chef Jerry has participated in the Essence Fest as a food vendor for many years, and won the title of Essence Music Fest “Best Chef” in 2014.