Where Louisiana’s Top Chefs Rank Against Rest of America

Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

Few things bond residents of the Bayou State quite like their shared love of all things food, whether it be Cajun cuisine or other fares entirely.  

Between James Beard Award winners, like New Orleans’ Dong Phuong Bakery, Hansen’s Sno Bliz and Willie Mae’s Scotch House and Avondale’s Mosca’s, there’s no shortage of top-notch culinary fare in the state of Louisiana.  

LouisianaBets.com took a lunch break from Louisiana sportsbooks and utilized Best Chefs America, which has the 5,000 best chefs in a database to establish the top culinary talent in the United States, to collect the state location for each of the top chefs. We then utilized the estimated July 1st 2022 Census state population numbers to figure out the states with the best chefs by capita. Note this is where they are located, not where they are from. 

Here's where the state’s best culinary minds rank, compared to their peers on a national level.  

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States With The Best Chefs Per Capita In America

Overall RankState# of Chefs on ListChefs Per Capita
2Rhode Island490.000045
7New York5400.000027
13New Jersey1980.000021
16New Hampshire230.0000164
21New Mexico280.0000132
23South Carolina640.00001211
24North Carolina1280.0000119

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Where Louisiana’s Top Chefs Rank Nationally

Overall, top chefs finished with the 10th highest per capita ranking of top chefs nationally, at 0.000023, despite landing 106 chefs on Best Chefs America’s list.  

On a national level, Louisiana’s per capita figure finished between No. 9 Oregon (0.000024) and No. 11 Colorado (0.0000222).  

The state’s sheer number of top chefs ranked 11th nationally, behind others like California (796), New York (540), Florida (270), New Jersey (198), Virginia (192), Colorado (130), North Carolina (128), Nevada (125), Massachusetts (116) and Washington (111).  

Conversely, the lowest number of top chefs per state was Alaska, with 11, followed by Montana (15), Wyoming (17), New Hampshire, and Idaho (23 apiece).

If you could utilize Louisiana sports betting apps to make your bet, which state would you have believed to be home the top chefs in the country? 

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Christopher Boan writes for LouisianaBets.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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