Poppy Tooker

Host of Louisiana Eats!

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.

Poppy provides weekly restaurant commentary on, “Steppin’ Out” (WYES TV). Her book, The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.She was recognized by the Times-Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving New Orleans restaurants and food providers following Hurricane Katrina. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Poppy’s rebuilding efforts at their annual conference in April 2008, with their first ever, Community Service Award.

For over 25 years, Poppy’s cooking classes have centered on history and tradition as well as the food science behind her preparation.

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On this week's show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of several influential dessert makers.

 

We begin with Anne Byrn, also known as "The Cake Mix Doctor," whose book American Cake takes readers back to the origins of baking in America. From birthday to wedding cake, Anne has the history behind each delicious layer.

It takes more than raw talent to become a successful chef. On this week’s show, we speak with culinary masters about the importance of mentorship in and out of the kitchen.

 

We begin with Chefs Aarón Sánchez and John Besh, who discuss how their scholarship programs aim to help aspiring young cooks, and the essential role mentorship has played in their own lives.

Host Poppy Tooker and spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz
Joe Shriner

On this week's show, we’re getting an aromatic education in herbs and spices. 

 

First, we speak with Lior Lev Sercarz, a chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte in New York City. Lior discusses his career's trajectory from sergeant of the Israeli army to spice master, and explains why he believes both home cooks and professional chefs will benefit from delving into spices.

President George W. Bush visits the restored Dooky Chase Restaurant in 2008 with Leah Chase, left, and Dooky Chase, right.
Joyce N. Boghosian / The White House

Edgar "Dooky" Chase, Jr., the patriarch of the Chase family who passed away at the end of 2016, helped in making Dooky Chase’s Restaurant the landmark establishment it is today. Here, his wife of 70 years, Chef Leah Chase, shares memories of her husband, his life as a musician and the quiet role he played behind the scenes in the Civil Rights movement.


On this week’s show, we bid farewell to 2016 and raise a toast to the New Year by looking back at legends and looking forward to new beginnings. 

 

First, we celebrate the life and legacy of Edgar “Dooky” Chase, who passed away this year at the age of 88. Leah Chase shares stories from their 70 years of marriage, an era marked by the civil rights movement and other transformative moments at their Treme establishment. 

Isaac Toups Family Christmas
Joe Shriner

The holidays are here and we’re celebrating family food traditions old and new! 

 

We begin at the home of Chef Isaac Toups, where he and his family celebrate Christmas Cajun-style! Culminating an eventful year for Isaac— he earned the title of “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef: California and opened up a new restaurant in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum: Toups’ South — we join the Toups family for an unforgettable meal. After we finish our s’mores for dessert, we gather round for Isaac’s annual reading of “The Cajun Night Before Christmas.”

On this week’s show, we’re capturing portraits in sound of several superstar chefs in Louisiana and beyond. 

Ed Piglia and Poppy Tooker at Ed's warehouse filled with New Orleans memorabilia.
Joe Shriner

On this week’s show, we spend a day in the life of Louisiana’s most fascinating culinary collectors.

We begin in the French Quarter at Lucullus Antiques, where owner Patrick Dunne takes us into the mind of a collector and describes his favorite hidden gems of the culinary collecting world.

The Trinity Loaves and Fishes mobile food truck serving on the corner of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Clio Street in Central City.
Poppy Tooker

On this week’s show, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving by saving a place at the table for several remarkable stories.

Host Poppy Tooker with JoAnn Clevenger
Reggie Morris

On this week's show, we speak with some powerful and influential women in the food industry who are getting the job done.

We begin with local treasure JoAnn Clevenger, restaurateur behind the Upperline. While she is most famous for her Uptown restaurant, JoAnn has worn many different hats over her lifetime, managing multiple businesses with pluck and determination.

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