Patti Constantin was raised in New Orleans, watching her Scottish-Irish mother cook nouvelle Creole in the kitchen, where she often helped. As she grew up, she traveled with her parents throughout Europe, dining at upscale restaurants and bistros. Self-taught, she apprenticed in various restaurants while attending Loyola University and Louisiana State University (LSU). After graduation, she and her husband both worked at La Bonne Bouche and Gautreau’s restaurants in New Orleans.
In 1984 they opened Constantin’s at Carrollton Station in uptown New Orleans, and later in 1986, moved to a larger location on Oak Street, also uptown. On May 11, 1992, the Great Chefs crew showed up to tape Chef Constantin for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs television series, the Louisiana New Garde.
Shortly thereafter, Chef Constantin closed Constantin Restaurant to concentrate on her catering business extraordinaire, where she can prepare “food extravaganzas” for her clients. Patti Constantin Designs in Catering celebrates its 24th year in business now in 2016.