Our Featured Chef
Featured Chef: ASHLEY ROUSSELExecutive Chef: Simone’s Market
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Cane River Pecan Company has partnered up with Ashley Roussel to bring you unique and delicious pecan recipes. Learn more about Ashley's career and try one of her yummy pecan recipes below. Sign up for our online newsletter to receive more recipes throughout the year.
Choose one of the dishes below to get the full recipe.
- Pecan Apple Crisps
- Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream
- Indian Spiced Lamb Chops with Pecan and Gold Raisin Relish and Coconut Charmoula
- Carrot Pecan Pesto
- Summer Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette and Feta
- Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich
An alum of Manhattan’s Institute of Culinary Education, Ashley Roussel began her career in cuisine at the James Beard Award-winning restaurant, ABC Kitchen. It was during her tenure at the majestic Manhattan eatery that she honed her skills of farm-to-table cooking.
Ashley's affinity for natural food started at an early age. As a child, she lived on a 40-acre organic herb farm with her family, including her father who was deeply rooted in the New Orleans restaurant scene. After completing her undergraduate degree, she traveled the country working in the hospitality industry, being exposed to cultures and food from New York to San Francisco and in the Caribbean. But it was back home in South Louisiana where she chose to embrace her roots and share in this unique food culture.
Today, as Executive Chef for Simone’s Market (New Orleans, La.), she pleases palates with inspired, locally-sourced dishes firmly rooted in the concept of a neighborhood market. Once a major component of Acadiana’s food scene as the executive chef of Saint Street Inn, Ashley continues to help grow the area’s culinary industry by contributing her time and talents as Chef Forager for Runaway Dish, a quarterly pop-up supper club that spotlights culinary talents while raising funds for worthwhile charities.