Introducing Chef Syrena Johnson!

You won’t want to miss the IDEC 60th Anniversary Crème Brûlée demonstration!
Tuesday, March 1 at 6:00 PM during the CELEBRATE 60! event.

BEFORE the conference
DURING the demo
AFTER the demo

Decorate your creation for our 60th, upload a photo and compete for a

Click HERE for the Ingredients List and Instructions


Chef Syrena is a testament of what it means to be made in New Orleans. She was the first John Besh scholarship recipient in 2011 and graduate of the French Culinary Institute of New York (now The International Culinary Career Center) on the Dean’s list. She grew up in an Uptown / Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. A Food Network’s Chopped Champion mentored by the late great Leah Chase, Michael Gulotta and many others. She is a graduate and served as an instructor at Liberty’s Kitchen program for inner city youth. Chef Syrena has been featured at culinary events in Dubai, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen in London, Private Chef for Lil Wayne, and MAD grant recipient to visit Copenhagen’s Noma to name the short list. She was former culinary instructor at Job Corps of New Orleans, one of the MINO Foundation board members and has made appearances on Essence Eats stage at Essence Festival, Melissa Harris- Perry show, Roadtrip Nation, on New Orleans based radio stations WWOZ and Q93. She has also been featured in Food and Wine magazine. Chef Syrena is a rare gift that is as unique as her story. She was featured in the 2015 ABC special “Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm,” with Robin Roberts.

Chef Syrena is quintessential New Orleans in all the senses and will tell you like it is, speaking from her heart, cooking, and creating food on another level, and all while staying true to her roots and inspiring others to do better. There are no limits to her talent and commitment to community and mentoring the next round of up-and-coming Chefs in her hometown. Stay tuned and watch her grow!