Alumni Spotlight: Johnene Breaux, B.S. ’16

Chef Johnene Breaux graduated from Nicholls State University in 2016. Breaux says that she has always had a passion for cooking but found that she loves catering to people on a more personal level. Since graduating from culinary school, Breaux has worked at Emerils, The Ritz Carlton, Southern Hills Country Club, and Brigtsens. Breaux spent quite a bit of time traveling before opening her catering company, Taste of Joy, LLC. 

Q: What is your favorite project that you have worked on so far?

A: My favorite project was working for Normani from 5th Harmony at Coachella. It was a busy weekend but overall there were vibes and it was just a beautiful experience.

Q: Who are some of the celebrities that you have had the opportunity to cook for?

A: Angelica Nwandu (CEO of Shaderoom), Diddy, Jude Demorest (from the TV show Star), and Dannell Ellerbe (Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles) just to name a few.

Q: What did you learn at CJFCI that still impacts you today?

A: I think that the skills and techniques that I was taught were very important to my success. Cooking is all about building flavor. One of the most impactful classes that I took was with Chef Frank Brigtsen. I learned a lot of great recipes and tips and trick about cooking.

Q: What advice would you like to share with young culinarians?
A: Learn as much as you can, pay attention, ask questions, and always volunteer whenever you can. You can do anything that you put your mind to!