United States Chef
Cindy Gleason Johnson Profile
I started making Beignets and Cafe au lait at the Shreveport Farmers' Market 4 years ago in part as research for my final project requirement for my MBA and also because... I had a foodie itch. Now I can't stop and have added festivals and private events as they come around.
Cooking brings me joy and cooking for others just multiplies that joy. I have a few private chef arrangements that help satisfy some of those other cooking desires.
I also write a food blog too which helps with the foodie cravings...I am a Curious Southern Foodie on a journey to learn...and to create exceptional dining experiences. I love entertaining and preparing food for loved ones & friends and sharing those experiences with others.
My Mother Joan -
I am the daughter of a wonderful lady who happened to teach high school Home Economics. I had cooking lessons every day of my life growing up and by the time I was in high school would often have dinner ready (or at least started) for the family when they came home at the end of the day.
Grandmothers Mary and Thelma -
If there ever was a Hall of Fame for true Southern Cooks, both Grandmothers would be among them. I learned so much from both of these ladies. I remember helping make pies with Mary when I couldn't have been more than 4. Thelma was famous for her fried chicken and I helped her too...time after time, year after year. They both had their favorite well-seasoned black iron skillets and I do too. I miss cooking with them.
My Daughter Sara -
I am a happily married 5 year newlywed...but before that it was the two of us, just Sara and me. Now she is 25 and teaching me a thing or two... especially about being artistic. I loved cooking for her as she was growing up and now with her. The influences of Joan, Mary and Thelma are present in all of our creations.
My Husband Neil -
That man hung the moon as far as I am concerned and I would do anything to please him. He is perfectly delighted with whatever culinary creation I concoct. We entertain a good bit and he helps me to stretch and grow by being a supportive partner in all endeavors...food or otherwise, he inspires me to be my best.
...and then of course there's JULIA -
You know that story.
- Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Julia Child)
Chefs I recommend
- Susan Spicer (New Orleans, LA)
- My husband and I spent our 5th Anniversary in New Orleans and luckily selected Bayona for our celebration. Chef Susan's food was incredible and came to our table twice to greet and check on us. It was truly one of my most memorable meals of all time.
Restaurants I Recommend
- Bayona (New Orleans, LA)