Meet coastal Mississippi chef ‘s Austin Dedeaux and Jeffrey Hansell.
Wherever you wander in Mississippi, from the Hill Country to the Delta to the Coast, you’ll discover a world of flavor to surprise and delight even the most discerning diners. Mississippi chefs are offering up new flavors, traditions, and experiences and, in the process, redefining Southern cuisine. Whether your taste gravitates toward smokey, savory, sweet, or spicy, you’re sure to find something to love in “the Sipp.”
Meet Austin Dedeaux
Austin Dedeaux took an interest in cooking as a young boy as both parents worked in the hospitality industry. Despite his youth, he taught himself how to cook when he could not wait for them to get home and make good food. He collaborates closely with Beau Rivage’s Executive Chef Kristian Wade in Biloxi, Mississippi to create seasonal menus at BR Prime, Beau Rivage’s signature steak and seafood restaurant that delivers one of the finest culinary experiences the Southeast has to offer.
Within BR Prime’s dining area, dramatic shifts of light create an air of sophistication among warm-colored stonework, hardwood flooring and striking walls of glass and wood complemented by an extensive 3,500-bottle wine cellar stored in two floor-to-ceiling glass wine towers. The menu features classic American steakhouse fare including wet-aged and dry-aged prime beef, Gulf shrimp, Fresh Maine lobster tails and stone crab accompanied by duck fat fries, rich potatoes au gratin and lavish salads with homemade dressings. Dedeaux continuously strives for excellence, creating a thrilling dining experience that brings the Beau Rivage’s best guests back time and time again.
Get the recipe: Austin Dedeaux’s Prime Pork Chop
Meet Jeffrey Hansell
Jeffrey Hansell grew up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, 45 minutes east of New Orleans. Surrounded by the commercial fishing and shrimping industry, his love of fresh ingredients and the local catch inspired him to begin a career in the culinary field. Upton graduation from culinary school, Hansell worked under great chefs from New Orleans and Birmingham to Napa and Aspen. He was nominated for “Food and Wine” Magazine’s Best New Chef and featured in “Best Chefs of America.” In 2014, Hansell opened the coveted Oxlot9 in Covington, LA, which earned him and his team the AAA 5 diamond award. Chef Hansell has since opened Thorny Oyster in beautiful Bay St. Louis, MS. A tribute to his childhood on the coast, Thorny Oyster offers updated, sophisticated seafood dishes and local ingredients in an undone, comfortable setting with crafted Tiki drinks and a vibrant wine list.
Discover more at gulfcoast.org.