Meet the Chef

Early Years

Early Years

Chef Gary Netter is a New Orleans native and an
alumnus of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) where he studied classical music. Netter was taught to read music in elementary school and begin playing instruments such as the violin, piano and trumpet. He’s played alongside of Wynton Marsalis, and other local musicians. Netter was awarded a music scholarship to Southern University but decided to pursue his passions for cooking. His love for cooking was ignited at young age. Netter would eagerly wait to taste the flavor medleys of his mother’s (Elnora Netter) homemade dishes. The awe of her ability to combine ingredients to make select recipes sparked a flame within him.

Experience

Netter has studied under American Culinary Federation (ACF), Delgado Culinary, and Houston Culinary (HCC) Art Programs. He’s has amassed well over 20 years of hands-on experience in the food industry. Netter’s culinary career boasts the prestigious honor of cooking for former United States Presidents George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton. Chef Netter has gained experience working in some of New Orleans finest restaurants such as Commander’s Palace, Palace Café Nola, Emeril’s Restaurant, Muriel’s Jackson Square, and G.W. Finns just to name of few. He’s worked with chefs like Paul Prudhomme, John Folse, Dickie Brennan, Jamie Shannon, Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Trotter, Leah Chase, Poppy Tucker and Norman Van Akin. Their guidance has taught him to play close attention to detail and inspired him to strive for excellence in growing his culinary craft.

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NEXT Beauty Barber Deli

NEXT Beauty Barber Deli

Gary Netter was gravely affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His personal and business possessions were destroyed by 10 feet of flood water. After living in Texas for a year, he moved backed to New Orleans and opened his first business called, NEXT Beauty Barber Deli, funded with his hard-earned money. He did not receive loans or grant funding. A studio for recording artist, graphic designers, and screen printers was created at the top-level of the business. The purpose of starting this business was to provide an opportunity for displaced natives to return and help rebuild the city of New Orleans.

Next To Eat

Next To Eat

Next to Eat, is now a premier food service provider focusing on the hospitality industry. Next to Eat specializes in preparing dietary restricted meals for people with chronic illnesses and to help in their recovery from surgery. In addition to providing food service, Next to Eat provides business consulting for startups and existing businesses.

The Culinary Ambassador

The Culinary Ambassador

Chef Netter is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the City of New Orleans and is passionate about his contribution. He’s determined to bridge our culinary community and to create inclusion for all. Netter has been prestigiously honored the appointed of The Culinary Ambassador for the City of New Orleans by Mayor LaToya Cantrell.