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John David Folse
John Folse presenting a Seafood Cook-Off trophy in 2012
Born July 9, 1946
St. James Parish, Louisiana
Cooking style New Orleans, Louisiana, Cajun and Creole

John Folse (born July 9, 1946 in St. James Parish, Louisiana, on the German Coast of the Mississippi River) is a Louisiana chef, restaurant owner, and television host, and a leading authority on Cajun and Creole cuisine and culture.

Restaurants and other ventures

In 1978, Folse opened Lafitte's Landing Restaurant in the historic Viala Plantation House in Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish south of Baton Rouge.

In 2002, Bittersweet Plantation Dairy opened, and offers a full line of fresh and aged cheeses, butters, yogurts and ice cream.

In November 2019, Folse opened Folse Market in the state-of-the-art New Orleans International Airport. As the anchor restaurant of Concourse C, Folse Market serves a traditional taste of New Orleans cuisine to travelers.

TV and radio

Chef Folse has for many years hosted a culinary radio show on Saturdays called "Stirrin' It Up!" The show is broadcast on many stations throughout the state of Louisiana, chiefly WBRP TALK 107.3 FM, Baton Rouge. The show is usually co-hosted by Michaela D. York, his director of communications and marketing.

The TV version of Stirrin' It Up is broadcast during the afternoon news hour on WAFB TV, Baton Rouge. WAFB and Folse partnered to create a Stirrin' It Up app containing episodes and recipes, available through the iTunes store.

Folse previously served as the marketing specialist on the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board. He is a member of Chaines des Rotisseurs, and also on the Sister Dulce Foundation Board.

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