A local chef’s day-off staples

Though she’s a native of Pennsylvania, Chef Sue Zemanick is a passionate resident of New Orleans, her hometown since 2003. “The food of New Orleans is my heart,” she says, “I find it an absolute privilege to be part of our city’s extensive, talented pool of culinary professionals.” She started out in The Big Easy at two legendary local restaurants, Commander’s Palace and Gautreau’s, and garnered accolades from industry stalwarts like Food and Wine Magazine and The James Beard Foundation in addition to being a contestant on seasons 3 and 5 of Top Chef Masters. In 2018, Zemanick opened Zasu, which she calls her “thank you to the city for providing non-stop inspiration.” 

Living in this Southern locale means participating in Mardi Gras, a holiday that Zemanick takes very seriously. “I am such a fan,” she says, “I love going to parades, dancing to marching bands, and the fact that all walks of life are on the streets enjoying the most inclusive, extravagant, free celebration on Earth.” In honor of the festivities, Zemanick shared with Furthermore some of her go-to New Orleans restaurants.