Library guest Poppy Tooker takes on the Iron Chef

By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau

The Food Network channel this week will offer a sneak peek at LSU at Eunice’s LeDoux Library’s special guest for homecoming as she competes against renowned “Iron Chef” Bobby Flay this week.

New Orleans culinary activist Poppy Tooker took on the Food Network star in a surprise gumbo cookoff earlier this year, which will be aired on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” Tuesday at 8 p.m.

For over 25 years, Tooker has been a staple of the New Orleans food scene, teaching classes centered on the history and traditions of Louisiana food.

In 1999, Tooker brought the International Slow Foods Movement to New Orleans, forming the first Lousiana chapter.

With her motto, “Eat it to save it”, Tooker has worked tirelessly to preserve and spread awareness of traditional Louisiana cuisine and recipes.

LSUE Library Director Gerald Patout said the library is honored to have Tooker visit as part of the college’s Homecoming celebrations.

“She’s a great, great speaker. She’s very enthusiastic about food in Louisiana,” Patout said.

“The couchon, the pig ears that they make in St. Martinville, the crawfish etoufee, the boudin; these recipes are going to be lost if our younger generations are not engaged in the conversations that we have about food, and cookbooks, and our cooking contests.”

Tooker will conduct a cooking demonstration Oct. 3, hosted by the Jean Lafitte Prairie Acadian Cultural Center.

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