June 29th, 2010
02:34 PM ET

New Orleans chef Susan Spicer suing BP

Ashley Fantz
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Famed New Orleans chef Susan Spicer is suing BP on behalf of at least seven restaurant owners and seafood suppliers, claiming that the Gulf oil spill has damaged their businesses.

“I’m proud to be part of a resilient community,” she said. “I also feel strongly that [BP] needs to be held accountable for its negligence.”

Spicer is an icon in the food world. She’s been a Top Chef judge, a James Beard “Best Chef” winner and even inspired a character featured in the HBO’s series Treme, a drama about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Spicer spends her days between several of her Gulf bistros. Her acclaimed Dauphin Street restaurant, Bayona, serves grilled shrimp paired with black bean cake and oysters mixed with Italian sausage gratin with spinach. Her latest venture Mondo, a no nonsense family-style joint, began watering mouths in May with its signature fish tacos.

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  1. kandice picard

    Im so happy that Susan has decided to take a stand! We New Orleanians live on our seafood and so do the resturant owners! Excatly what are they trying to do to us! Some one had to take the next step and we back her up 100% We are local boutique owners right next to Mondo, and standing strong togehter we will do! Thank you Mr. Anderson!

    June 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  2. julie forrer

    I am happy she is sueing. I am a N.O. native and I have eaten those Bayona black bean cakes. And alot of other fantastic food from crabs to shrimp to crawfish to oysters. Even if the crude is cleaned, can we really eat millions of gallons of disbursements? our Gulf is RUINED. And if not BP, some other oil company. This is all so unacceptable and so sad. This is a great portion of our food supply. Now we can eat more "sea"food from China, laced with illegal antibiotics and dirty as anything. No thanks. Beef it is for now until we find out that organic beef really isn't. Pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, crude oil, disbersements, GMO food items, crap from a box. Seriously, what are we doing to our food and water supplies? This is catching up with us fast and hard.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  3. April

    Thank you Anderson for this post. You go Susan Spicer! We support you!

    June 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm |