Armand Jonté was born in 1952 in New Orleans. In 1978 while attending Tulane University, he answered a blind ad entitled “Learn Creole Cooking?” which was placed by the well-known New Orleans restaurateurs at Commander’s Palace. The Commander’s team hired him as an apprentice for Great Chefs Tom Kovacs and Paul Prudhomme, and Armand was there for his entire tenure at Tulane, working his way up the kitchen ladder until 1982. Following graduation in 1982, he accepted a position as sous chef and opened the new restaurant in the Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. In 1983, he became the executive chef at Gautreau’s Restaurant for the next seven years. In 1990, he moved to Waveland, Mississippi to be the executive chef at the Bay-Waveland Yacht Club.
In 1992, on Bastile Day, Chef Jonté opened his own restaurant called Armand’s in Waveland, and a year later, the Great Chefs television team came calling to tape him for the Discovery Channel’s new television series, Great Chefs: the Louisiana New Garde, where he appears in episodes 3, 4, and 12.
In 2012, after closing Armand’s, he returned to New Orleans, survived Hurricane Katrina, and worked as executive chef at Johnny V’s in the uptown area. In November of 2016, Chef Jonté passed.