Pierre Lacoste was born in 1941, and grew up in a Creole French household in New Orleans, spending his summers with relatives in France. He became interested in French cooking at an early age. Following school, he worked his way up the kitchen ladder in the kitchens of several French Quarter hotels and restaurants.
In 1974, he opened Maison Pierre on Dauphine Street in the French Quarter with a hybrid style of French deluxe cuisine. In 1980, Great Chefs were starting up their television series, and with the help of some local New Orleans chefs, they suggested that Chef/Owner Pierre Lacoste be included in the new PBS shows. They taped him for the first Great Chefs of New Orleans series that was to be broadcast over 300 public stations on Saturday mornings.
In 1984, the restaurant was sold and today, in 2016, is Susan Spicer’s Bayona Restaurant. Chef Pierre Lacoste retired to Pensacola, Florida where he passed away in 2003.