Spice it Up with Chef Celeste

Chef Celeste Gill is a name many Louisianians are becoming familiar with. Her journey to becoming one of the greatest chefs in our area began when she was just a young adult.

It was when Chef Celeste first saw Justin Wilson cooking on PBS that her dream of the culinary arts began. However, her love for it grew shortly after enrolling in a course while in Hawaii.

“I had thoughts of food styling, but working in the food industry was not what I wanted to do,” Chef Celeste shares. “I took a leisure cooking class in Hawaii, and the passion took over.”

Chef Celeste is a Detroit native, but her taste for Louisiana cuisine has been a part of her since she was only 11 years old. Chef Celeste uses her exposure to Pan Asian cuisine and combines it with her love of fresh, farm-to-table ingredients to create her incredible dishes.

She has earned many accolades since her training in Hawaii, including Chef of the Year from the American Culinary Federation, the Seafood Award from Capital Chefs’ Showcase, and first place in the Fall Heat Cooking Competition.

But, she’s not stopping there. Chef Celeste is taking her expertise and expanding into healthcare dining services. Her passion for providing healthy, delicious food to all has brought her to creating her own line of senior seasonings and spices. These special seasonings and dressings will soon be available locally and online.

Her newest venue, 520 Spain Event Space, will also open to host birthday parties, painting parties, rehearsal dinners, and business meetings. This summer, the venue will also be holding kids cooking classes, so your little ones can learn their way around the kitchen–something Chef Celeste hopes to instill in young children all over Louisiana.

She shares, “My hope and goal for the future is to inspire the next generation through food, to encourage them to follow their passion, and to be adventurous.”

Chef Celeste’s 5 Healthy Tips for 2020
2020 is a year to bring together healthy options with ease.

  1. Eat more nuts, fruit and veggies.
  2. Ease out the extra fat in your recipes.
  3. Buy local meats and produce from our farmers markets and butchers. Get to know your farmers!
  4. Cook. A home cooked meal should be the norm, not a treat.  
  5. Limit fast food to once or twice a month, if at all. Help your children to identify fresh food.

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24 Jan 2020

By Amanda Miller