Randy Barlow was born in 1956 in Ruston, Louisiana and after graduating from Southwest Louisiana University, he went on to Delgado College in Culinary Arts, graduating in 1981. While attending, he apprenticed for New Orleans Great Chefs Gerard Crozier at Crozier’s and Willy Coln at the Intercontinental Hotel. Following graduation, he joined Chef Paul Prudhomme at K-Paul’s for the next nine years.
In 1991, he opened Kelsey’s Restaurant on the West Bank of New Orleans and the following year, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Barlow for the Discovery Channel’s television series, the Louisiana New Garde, where he appeared in episodes 8, 13 and 23.
In 1996, he moved the restaurant to Magazine Street in New Orleans, and later closed it in early 2000 when he went to work for the Red Maple in Gretna, Louisiana. He left after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.