Heating up the kitchen with the BouillaBabes
The name BouillaBabes explains it all.
“The name is a mix of a few things: an homage to our Cajun & Creole roots and a pretty solid dad joke, as we are women,” laughs Sydney, half of the BouillaBabes team.
Sydney Harkins and Jamie Brown met in 2017 while cooking with their mutual mentor, Chef Sean Rivera, for the VIP room at LIFF (Louisiana International Film Festival).
“I know how much we (as females) have to go through to make it in this industry, so when I met Jamie, I was expecting some hard-up Anne Burrell type person. She was the complete opposite and within half an hour we were giggling uncontrollably,” said Harkins.
The rest is history and the pair have been bringing a whole lotta flavor and personality to the Baton Rouge culinary scene ever since.
Both members of the duo are self-taught chefs, never interested in the confines of the traditional cooking school route. Instead, they harnessed their rebellious woman chef power and got to work. They pride themselves in bringing clientele adventurous combinations that still play to their local roots.
“That right there is where a lot of chefs go wrong—forgetting to think of their client base,” said Harkins.
What are some of their favorite creations? Jerk shrimp with coconut grits and a pickled onion pico de gallo, boudin lumpia with pepper jelly nuoc cham, and orange matcha crème brûlée with pistachio brittle hit the top of the list thus far, but they are just getting started and getting more and more creative.
“I’m not saying we are mad scientists toying with molecular gastronomy or anything,” Harkins laughs, “but I won’t deny the occasional fun with a blow torch.”
When asked about their five-year plan, the BouillaBabes are working toward the dream of having an event venue where they can offer full (and totally customizable) packages for weddings, conventions, and specialty events. They also want chickens (who doesn’t).
For now, the best way to keep track of the events and locations where this dynamic duo is serving throughout the city is by visiting their Facebook page. Interested in private catering options?
“Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just say ‘tacos’ three times in front of the mirror. One of us will show up,” said Harkins.
Photos by Sean Gasser