Ryan Andre has always loved the flavors of Louisiana cuisine. A native of Gonzales, his passion for cooking was fueled by his first job in a kitchen at J. Alexander’s in Baton Rouge in 2000. He further honed his skills at the Louisiana Culinary Institute, graduating valedictorian of two classes in 2007. He then started working all positions of the line at the heralded Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. He returned to Baton Rouge in 2007 and worked as a Kitchen Manager in several restaurants including Mandina’s, Stroube’s and Capital City Grill. In 2009 he returned to Commander’s Palace to refine his skills and further develop his cooking technique.
Ryan returned to Baton Rouge as the Chef at Le Creole in 2010 where He won numerous culinary awards by using his God given talent of plate presentations and flavor profiling. Among the awards was the 2012 “Chef to Watch” from Louisiana Cooking magazine. He was also featured on TV shows including Out da Bayou with John Jackson and Louisiana Sportsman TV. He then went on to open other restaurants including City Pork Brasserie and Bar and Soji Modern Asian.
In 2017 and 2019, Ryan was awarded “225 Magazine Best Chef” and 2017 Baton Rouge’s Business Report’s “40 Under 40”
Ryan has had an impressive stint on Food Network and Travel Channel with shows including, “Burgers, Brew and Que”, “Ginormous Foods” and a finalist on the most watched cooking competition “Chopped.”
Ryan is a Faith filled man, devoted husband and proud father of two children that consume his time when he is not in the kitchen creating.