2018 Talent

Todd Pulsinelli

Executive Chef, Restaurant August

Chef Todd Pulsinelli is the Executive Chef of John Besh’s flagship, Restaurant August. Born in Germany and raised in Ohio, Chef Pulsinelli began cooking at a young age in local kitchens and has been working with Chef Besh for over 8 years.

Following Katrina, he immediately returned to the city and threw himself into the reopening of August and relief work. Chef Besh then asked Chef Todd to help him open Domenica and later, American Sector. Chef Pulsinelli moved from the American Sector to Besh Steak in 2012 to lead the kitchen as Executive Chef, creating playful and delicious dishes enjoyed by casino goers, tourists and locals. Chef Pulsinelli was named Chef to Watch in 2010 by Louisiana Cookin’. Todd is a dedicated member of the New Orleans’ community, serving on the advisory board of the Sankofa Farmers Market and volunteering his time with local organizations such as Cafe Reconcile.

“With each new position Todd h as held in our restaurant group, he has continued to demonstrate expertise and leadership in the kitchen while still possessing the desire to learn and grow,” said Besh. “He possesses a rare gift of humility that allows him to truly serve our guests as well as teach our cooks at unparalleled levels. He is truly one of the finest artisans I have ever known.” – Chef John Besh