Chef Raquel

Meet Chef Raquel

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Chef Raquel grew up in a festive and tight-knit community.  There were feasts for every occasion to bring the neighborhood together in celebration. The kitchen has been her favorite place since she started walking.

By the age of 9, Raquel was fishing with her parents, crabbing and harvesting mussels at the beach. Sundays at the farmers market, tasting fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, and seafood.  It is no surprise that Raquel has dedicated her life to the exploration of food.

At 18 years old and restless, Raquel decided to see the world. She moved to the United States in 2001, where she soon decided to pursue her passions professionally by attending the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, NY.  She focused on the essentials of nutrition, sustainability, and restaurant management; by the time Raquel graduated from culinary school, she was already immersed in Manhattan’s legendary culinary scene. Staging at renowned restaurants, such as Per Se, Daniel, Blue Smoke, and Lupa, and working under renowned chefs. Raquel was able to fine-tune her skills in French cuisine and operate at a level of professionalism that is hard to match in other cities. Soon she became the executive chef of her own kitchen, 

Everything changed when Raquel visited New Orleans in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the cities vibrant and rich culture, it made her feel home. Raquel promptly packed her bags and moved to the town she would now call home and spent 5 years as the Sous chef at the Rue 127 in Mid-City. 

Excited to explore the similarities between Brazilian roots and Louisiana cuisine, Raquel decided to take her career into her own hands and become a freelance chef. With the excitement of independence, Raquel is continuously finding the most intriguing and invigorating projects. From catering a 5-course meal at the James Beard House to selling colorful and flavorful food from her bike to locals, Raquel puts her heart and experiences into every opportunity to share her food, thoughts, traditions, and culinary skills with others.  

There is no rush more powerful for Raquel than being able to take simple, fresh, and flavorful ingredients and transforming them into delicious, fun, and breathtaking meals.

We’re happy to have her on the Langlois team cooking up fun and entertainment at every turn.