Meet our Culinary Team
The Culinary Team on the Steamboat NATCHEZ has a diverse background in food preparation and presentation.
Let us introduce you to one of our food service professsionals and intriguing individuals.
Byron Fennidy, Sous Chef
Meet Byron, a New Orleans local who also received his love of cooking from his father. Byron’s culinary story is nothing short of inspiring. His training began in 2010 as an intern at Café Hope, a culinary program that provides job placement for disadvantaged youth while giving them a hands-on experience money can’t buy. In addition to his expertise is in the culinary field, his hobbies and personal interests lie in real estate.
Byron feels very fortunate for getting a job placement on the Steamboat NATCHEZ . He has risen from cook, to Kitchen Supervisor, and in August 2016 to Sous Chef. The crew are happy to have him, as he has brought a warm personality and a multitude of skills with him.
Let’s hear from Byron:
Go-to dish to make at home: My go to dish at home would be seafoodballs. Pair them with a roux based garlic creole cream sauce and serve over angel hair pasta. The balls are made of a fatty cut of grounded beef as well as ground hot sausage,,green-yellow and red bell peppers, onion, celery, garlic, shrimp, crab and crawfish. Roll them - bake them - eat them! What you are doing there is placing New Orleans all into one bite..
Ingredient you must have in your pantry: Garlic Powder/granulated is a must for me. I use it in dressings, marinades, batters and just about every little thing I do. I'd say I have been known to cause a few garlic breaths out there...
Favorite dish: As a food professional it's hard to pinpoint one dish, but just gimme that crawfish bisque in traditional style with stuffed crawfish head, plenty of tails and river claws. Have to add sides of Mac n'Cheese, potato salad and some sweet peas.
Personal area of expertise: Culinary leadership and being a team player are two of my major strengths and secondly it would be personal all around knowledge of New Orleans cuisine/Soul Foods from A-Z.
Food Philosophy: It is simple - Eat real food. Ditch the perfection and find the joy. I believe every ingredient should be used in moderation, seasoned and prepared with love. I feel as a Sous Chef these techniques leave little room for error. Treat the Food like you would like it to treat you.
Passion for Cooking: My passion for cooking began as soon as I had permission to use the stove. From that point it was Much Success...and many fails, and each one I learned from. Becoming a good cook was handed down from both sides of my family. They taught me the same dishes in different ways so I could tweak them and make it my own. Motivation came from my dad - if you could name it he could cook it!