In 1954, Gigi Patout was born in New Iberia, Louisiana to a Cajun family who owned the Frederic Hotel there. The family had five children, who all learned to cook at an early age from their mother, taking turns cooking the daily meals, and only eating out on Sunday’s at their hotel. Eventually all became chefs and owned restaurants.
In 1979 at age 26, they opened Patout’s in New Iberia, winning many awards, and in 1986 Chef Gigi and two of her brothers went out to Los Angeles to open Patout’s West. Three years later, she left her brothers in charge, and returned to open Patout’s Cajun Corner on Bourbon Street. In 1992, the Great Chefs team showed up to tape Chef Gigi Patout for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs series, the Louisiana New Garde (episodes # 9, 12 & 22).
In 2001, she left New Orleans to open her own catering company, Gigi’s Home Cooking back in Lafayette, Louisiana where she remains today in 2016