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Chef Donald Link Partners with Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans for Restaurant and Bar Concept

Multiple James Beard Award-winner to introduce signature restaurant and bar on Hotel’s fifth floor in October 2021

January 28, 2021,
New Orleans, U.S.A.

Further solidifying itself as a culinary destination within one of the world’s most revered food cities, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans, opening in spring 2021, announces a partnership with Louisiana native Chef Donald Link.

“We are excited to announce this partnership with Chef Donald Link and his talented team, some of New Orleans’ most renowned restaurateurs,” says Mali Carow, General Manager. “His incredible, award-winning food, combined with this rare riverfront location will make for one of the most prized dining experiences in the city.”

Scheduled to open in October 2021, Chef Link’s restaurant and bar will sit on the Hotel’s fifth floor, adjacent to the crescent-shaped infinity pool, and offer panoramic views of the Mississippi River.

“Our team is thrilled to partner with Four Seasons, as we share many common values and a passionate commitment to rebuilding tourism in New Orleans,” says Chef Link. “This new restaurant will be an exciting addition to the community, and to the unmatched culinary landscape of our City.”

About Donald Link

Inspired by the Cajun and Southern cooking of his grandparents, Louisiana native Chef Donald Link began his professional cooking career at 15 years old. Chef Link has peppered the streets of the Warehouse District of New Orleans with a collection of award-winning restaurants over the course of the past two decades, including Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Pêche Seafood Grill, La Boulangerie, Gianna, and his private event facility, Calcasieu.

Herbsaint earned Link a James Beard award in 2007 for Best Chef South. The same year, Cochon was nominated for Best New Restaurant; Link has also been nominated by the James Beard Foundation for the prestigious award of Outstanding Chef for multiple years. Pêche Seafood Grill was awarded Best New Restaurant at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, while Gianna was named a James Beard Award Nominee for Best New Restaurant 2019. Gourmet Magazine listed Herbsaint as one of the top 50 restaurants in America, and was inducted into the Nations Restaurant News Hall of Fame. Cochon was listed in The New York Times as “one of the top 3 restaurants that count” and named one of the 20 most important restaurants in America by Bon Appétit. For his commitment to the industry, the Louisiana Restaurant Association honoured Link by naming him Restaurateur of the Year in 2012. The James Beard Foundation also honoured Link’s first cookbook in 2009 - Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana - with their top award for Best American Cookbook. In February 2014, Link celebrated the release of his second cookbook Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything. In 2015, Chef Link and his chef-partner Stephen Stryjewski created the Link Stryjewski Foundation to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans.

About Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans

Set to open in the spring of 2021, the new Four Seasons is housed in a 34-storey tower in the iconic riverfront World Trade Center and will also include 341 rooms and suites; wellness facilities including a full-service spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool deck; state-of-the-art event spaces and private gardens for hosting meetings, conferences, weddings and other celebrations; signature restaurants by Alon Shaya and Donald Link; and 92 Four Seasons Private Residences.