Susan Spicer, executive chef and co-owner of Bayona Restaurant in New Orleans, received the 2009 Lafcadio Hearn award at the 12th annual Lafcadio Hearn Award Dinner and Distinguished Visiting Chef Series – conducted Monday, March 9, at Cypress Columns in Gray, La. Sponsored by the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, the Lafcadio Hearn award is given to culinary professionals who have had a long-term, positive influence on the cuisine and culture of Louisiana and the nation. Hearn, who died in 1904, wrote a series of books and articles that introduced New Orleans to the world and helped document Creole cuisine for future generations. Pictured from left are Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, Nicholls president, and Spicer. Stephen Stryjewski, chef and co-owner of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, was the distinguished visiting chef at this year’s event.