Grand Coteau Resident Toby Rodriguez Wins Small Town Chef
Opelousas, LA — Toby Rodriguez, owner of Lâche Pas Boucherie et Cuisine, was recently selected as one of four winners for Country Roads Magazine’s Small Town Chef Awards. This is the second year in a row in which a St. Landry Parish chef has been recognized. Just last year Chef Carol Baugnon of Creola Café in Grand Coteau won judges over with her tomato basil soup and gourmet sandwiches. Meanwhile, Chef Eric Prejean impressed them with his Cajun-Asian fusion cuisine, serving a shrimp and sausage stir-fry at the Silver Slipper: Cajun Hibachi Grill in Leonville.
This year, Country Roads opened voting to the public which led to their interest in the master of boucheries himself, Toby Rodriguez. Known for his skill and precision, Toby is often on the road teaching fellow chefs the art of the community boucherie. But Toby took a break from his travels when he invited judge, Alex Cook, to his home for a meal featuring Butcher's Stew, smothered pig organ meat with roasted cheeks added; black eyed peas slow cooked with pork fat; and couche-voucher with fresh goat cheese cream and roasted figs filled with candied crushed cracklins. In Alex's words, "This was in the top ten meals I've ever had. It was very homey and very indicative of the region, but everything was prepared with a chef's finesse and attention. I wish I was one of his neighbors so I could stop in all the time."
While you can’t “stop in” at Toby’s house, you can visit Tin Roof Brewing in Baton Rouge, June 26, at 4:30pm to and sample cuisine from all four chefs.
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