Chef Brigtsen Shares Insider Cooking Secrets At New Orleans Cooking Experience

After arriving at the New Orleans Cooking Experience​ (NOCE)​, I knew I was in for a great cooking class when the first words out of Frank Brigtsen's mouth (a fifth-generation NOLA chef and owner of Brigtsen's Restaurant) were, "Food is about sharing, not about keeping secrets." 

Full of classes that celebrate the traditional Creole and Cajun cooking of Louisiana, NOCE features traditional and historic recipes taught by their family of well-known chefs. Fun-filled classes include personalized instruction, unlimited wine service, complete recipe packets, and a tour of the house and dining. Following your cooking class you will enjoy a seated dinner served party-style in their charming private dining room. ​

Two hours into my lessons, I was still scribbling as fast as I could to get down every last pearl of culinary wisdom gleaned from Chef Brigtsen. Paying it forward, here are some of his best tips and one of his fantastic recipes!