Chef John D. Folse, CEC, AAC, to Keynote 2019 Chef to Chef Conference

The popular and accomplished chef who is credited with taking “a taste of Louisiana” worldwide through the success of his cornerstone Lafitte’s Landing Restaurant property and related initiatives will speak on “Possibilities: The Life of a Chef” to kick off C&RB’s 11th annual club chefs’ conference in New Orleans, March 10-12, 2019.

Chef John D. Folse, CEC, AAC, who is credited with taking “a taste of Louisiana” worldwide through the success of his cornerstone Lafitte’s Landing Restaurant property and subsequent initiatives formed through Chef John Folse & Company, will deliver the keynote address for Club & Resort Business’ 2019 Chef to Chef Conference, which will be held March 10-12, 2019 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

Chef John Folse
Chef John Folse

After the opening reception and dinner on Sunday, March 10th, Chef Folse will address the attendees of the 11th annual Chef to Chef conference on the topic of “Possibilities: The Life of a Chef.”

In his presentation, Chcf Folse will describe his “Cajun man’s journey,” from his humble beginnings in a trapper’s cabin in rural St. James Parish, La., and harvesting food from Louisiana’s “swamp floor pantry,” to how he has emerged as one of the nation’s leading culinary entrepreneurs, taking his famous “Taste of Louisiana” around the world from London to Hong Kong and from Moscow to the Vatican, and in the process serving five U.S. Presidents, as well as Pope John Paul II.

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“We are thrilled and honored that Chef Folse will be able to help us get the 2019 Conference off to a memorable start as we return to New Orleans,” said Jerry Schreck, Executive Chef of Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa., and the National Conference Coordinator for the Chef to Chef Conference. (This will mark the first time that the Chef to Chef Conference has returned to a city where it was previously held, after being in New Orleans in 2012.)

“Chef Folse delivered a presentation this past summer in New Orleans, during the opening general session of the American Culinary Federation’s ‘Cook. Craft. Create.’ national convention, and many of my colleagues who heard him speak there are still talking about his informative and entertaining style,” Schreck added. “The Conference has sold out now for several years running and I am sure that the opportunity to see and hear Chef Folse along with the lineup of other speakers we are arranging for New Orleans, including several other Certified Executive Chefs who work in prominent private clubs, will continue that streak and perhaps lead to our earliest sellout ever.”

More about Chef John Folse & Company can be found at

Registration for the 2019 Chef to Chef Conference is now open at An early-bird discount is available for those registering by December 31st, 2018.

Details about the full agenda for the 2019 Conference and its presenters will be available later this year.