Chef Aaron Burgau
New Orleans native Aaron Burgau has made a mark on the local culinary scene. After working in the kitchens of NOLA greats Susan Spicer and Gerard Maras, Burgau was named executive chef at Bank Café in 2006. That same year, he was listed among the “Top 5 Chefs to Watch” by Louisiana Cookin’. In 2007, Burgau partnered with friends and former high school classmates Leon and Pierre Touzet to open Patois, where fresh, local ingredients get classic French treatment with a dose of patois, or local accent. For his work at Patois, Burgau won Food & Wine’s “The People’s Choice, Best New Chef” in 2011 and has been a James Beard Award semi-finalist. In 2012, Burgau earned the 2012 StarChefs.com New Orleans Rising Star Restaurateur award, along with the Touzet brothers, for their most recent venture, the casual gourmet burger spot trūburger. Both Patois and trūburger are popular Uptown New Orleans dining destinations that have appeared in the Times-Picayune's Dining Guide Top 100 for 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014.