Joe Roy Pendarvis at the dock of The Bluegill on Mobile Bay’s Causeway

Raised in Bayou La Batre – Learned How the World Works in Boston – Starting a New Adventure in San Diego!

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With solid roots from Bayou La Batre, AL and his commercial fisherman family, Joe Roy learned to cook Cajun, Creole and Gulf Coast cuisine and he shared that knowledge through cooking classes that he gave in Boston, MA.  His father owned and captained the Sun Star, a 68-foot wooden shrimp boat built by Landry Boat Works in Bayou La Batre, AL.  Shrimp were sold from Florida to Texas but business was mainly conducted in Golden Meadow and Delcambre, LA.  These two places are where most of Joe Roy’s food and fishing memories were created.  From a shark hook incident in Golden Meadow (Joe Roy broke the record in the 1980’s for the largest hook to be removed from a person at Our Lady of The Sea Hospital) to Delcambre’s Annual Fleet Blessing, South Louisiana was his second home.  He was even considered to be a migrant in public school because of the amount of time spent away at various ports.

Joe believes that being Southern is truly something you are born and raised as. You can’t get rid of it as much as you try.  It’s like a big ole’ birthmark.  Even if you get it lasered off it will reappear with the sun, nervousness, or a few drinks.  It can never be completely concealed.  After moving to Boston and living there for 16 years, attempts to understand New England ways were thwarted by Joe Roy’s ever so persistent Southern roots.  He decided to embrace his roots, celebrate them and share them with others no matter where he lives.

With a full heart Joe Roy invites you to his table through his Recipe Page and his Gumbo Journal.

Thank you for reading and your input is valuable.  Check out recipes listed and try them.

*Proud Member of The Southern Foodways Alliance and The International Association of Culinary Professionals