First Two Chefs Named for 2016 Festival
Eunice, LA, June 8, 2016 -- The Experience Louisiana Festival is thrilled to announce the first two chefs who will present cooking demonstrations during the 2016 festival, to be held October 22 & 23, on the campus of LSU Eunice.
Chef James Hamilton of Coushatta Casino Resort (Kinder, LA) will demonstrate on Sunday, October 23, 11:00am.  Chef Hamilton began his career at Coushatta Casino Resort in April 2006 and is enjoying his promotion to Executive Chef––his ultimate goal.  He brings 15 years of expertise to the position.
Chef James is an active member of the Kinder community, occasionally instructing culinary art at the Family & Consumer Science class at Kinder High School.  His grandmother’s cooking captured his interest in culinary arts, prompting him to attend culinary school to continue his passion for cooking.

Chef Christopher Thames  of Grand Coteau Bistro(Grand Coteau, LA) will demonstrate on Sunday, October 23, 3:00pm.  Chef Thames is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Grand Coteau Bistro in Grand Coteau, LA.  Among his long list of accomplishments is 2011 Food Network "Chopped" Champion.  With over two decades of culinary experience, Chef Thames has spent his career preparing meals that meet the needs and wants of his guests. His creative mind challenges him to marry exotic favors with specialty ingredients to create culinary combinations that are inventive and often addictive.  His diverse experience ranges from corporate catering as the Executive Chef for the International Finance Corporation/World Bank, fine dining as the Executive Catering Chef of the Jefferson Hotel and even offsite catering as a the Traveling Chef for Cirque Du Soleil headquartered in Montreal Quebec.
More chef announcements as well as other festival updates coming soon!