Willa Jean bakery from the John Besh team: an exclusive preview

July 26, 2015
By: Todd A. Price, Nola.com
Photo: Nola.com

Chef Kelly Fields calls Willa Jean, her new bakery and cafe in partnership with baker Lisa White and John Besh, a tribute to the South. It's named after Fields' grandmother.

"It's stuff that I grew up on, stuff that I'm proud of coming from Charleston and living in New Orleans," Fields said. "It's a true definition of what our farmers and food producers get from Louisiana and get from the South."

Fields makes the desserts for all of Besh's restaurants, except Domenica, where White handles the breads and sweets.

Willa Jean, Fields said, also celebrates the bread that White bakes.

"Bread is truly the foundation of inspiration in the space," Fields said. "Lisa does her thing, and she does it brilliantly."

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