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Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace Wins Beard’s Best Chef South

What is it with Commander’s Palace? Why do they seem to have chefs who rake in all of the awards over the years. I mean we have Paul Prudhomme who’s won numerous awards, Emeril Lagasse who’s won the James Beard Award among many others.

Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace Wins Beard’s Best Chef South

Commander's Palace does it again. Tory McPhail is named James Beard Best Chef South.

Commander’s Palace does it again. Tory McPhail is named James Beard Best Chef South.

Now they have Tory McPhail who’s won the James Beard Award Best Chef South. Commander’s seems to be “da place.” I was listening to a female chef the other day talk about how Commander’s is viewed as the Holy Grail for cooks and being able to work there is like a dream come true. They all seem to want to work at Commander’s.

WWL-TV reported this story:

On Monday evening in New York, McPhail was announced as the winner of the Beard award in the regional category.  Commander’s is a multiple Beard award winner, but this is the first win for McPhail, executive chef at the legendary Garden District restaurant.

“Ladies, this one’s for you,” McPhail said triumphantly as he recognized members of the Brennan family in the audience – Ti Martin and Dottie and Lally Brennan, who along with restaurant matriarch Ella Brennan are known nationwide for Commander’s Palace.

“You see it’s not just what’s happening in the kitchen, but it’s the ability to connect with people, to connect with your staff, your guests and create dining memories that people will cherish and enjoy for a lifetime,” he said of the lessons the Brennan family has taught him.

Well, I gotta say Commander’s is one of my favorite places to go in New Orleans. It’s not just the food but how they treat you. At Commander’s all the guests are treated like royalty. Which I guess is why they call it Commander’s Palace. Very appropriate name.

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