Chef Amy Sins
2022 New Orleans Langlois

A bland press kit bio cannot prepare you for the contagious joy, southern charm, and barefoot shenanigans of Chef Amy Sins. She’s a mischievous host and fanatical food explorer in constant motion. Chasing down rogue chickens, spinning stories about Louisiana food traditions to eager diners, fishing for supper, traveling to far-off places, dreaming up dishes with Cajun and Creole flair – all part of Amy’s unpredictable, almost unbelievable day-to-day adventures bouncing around South Louisiana (and the globe). Born and raised in nearby Gonzales, Louisiana (the Jambalaya Capital of the World and home of the best damn brown jambalaya around), Amy didn’t follow the typical path of a New Orleans chef. No years in culinary school or humble kitchen stints at marquee restaurants. She was wired for cooking and entertaining as a kid, watching her parents’ elaborate southern dinner parties unfold. After the event we will not name happened, Amy did some deep-down soul-searching that ended in walking away from a 20-year career in sales and bootstrapping her way into building Langlois from scratch in 2012 — first as an interactive dining/ open kitchen restaurant in the Marigny, and as the traveling culinary entertainment group it is today. Langlois is a tribute to her roots, combining Amy’s pure love of dinner party style entertaining and Louisiana culture with authentic New Orleans culinary experiences. Chef Amy lives with her husband and a rotating cast of cats and chickens in the French Quarter, which provides a never-ending source of inspiration and absurdity. When she’s not entertaining (and feeding) hungry audiences, you’ll find Amy pouncing into new adventures, working on her next cookbook, traveling, or getting dirty at Crossroads Farm. Amy also hosts “New Orleans by Mouth,” a weekly radio program on WRBH 88.3 FM.

Honors and awards:

Louisiana Restaurant Neighbor Award for Outstanding Community Service Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, National Top 20 (2017)

Women’s Boudin Eating Champion, Cochon de Lait Festival (2017)

State of Louisiana Community Service Award—2016

Flood Recovery EffortSoutherners of the Year, Southern Living Magazine (2016)

Gambit Magazine 40 Under 40 (2015)

Best Chefs of Louisiana: American Culinary Federation (2014)

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