New Orleans Convention Center’s Chef West Resigns
July 31-Leon West, executive chef for Aramark at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has resigned after 25 years. While a nationwide search for a new executive chef is underway, Pascal Beaute has been named interim executive chef.
West had been an Aramark employee since 1978 and came to the convention center to prepare it for its opening in 1984. During his tenure, West has served as executive chef for events such as the National Football League Commissioner's Party, Taste of The NFL, NCAA Bowl Championship Series VIP Reception and the NBA All-Stars Players Party. According to an Aramrak press release, West is considered one of New Orleans most talented chefs.
"Chef Leon's outstanding characteristics are dedication, extraordinary creativity and being well-versed in every aspect of culinary," Jean-Pierre Turgot, general manager of Aramark at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, said in the press release.
West recently debuted a line of spices called Spices with Chef Leon West, which features seven original blends of spices, all produced locally.