Travellers tales

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 April, 2009, 12:00am

Louisa Chu, who writes Movable Feast, says her blog is 'the diary of an itinerant chef'. And itinerant she is. When we first came across her (at, the former journalist was attending a professional course in cuisine and pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris - she was on scholarship from the James Beard Foundation. After the course, she went to work at the Michelin three-star Alain Ducasse Plaza Athenee. In France, she also worked at Les Ambassadeurs at the L'Hotel de Crillon and was a 'fixer' for Anthony Bourdain's (pictured, with Chu) television show, No Reservations (she took him on a tour of the meat market at Rungis, in Paris).

Chu eventually made her way back to Chicago, in the United States (where her family live) on a circuitous route that included working for a season at El Bulli, the three-star restaurant in Spain. Some of her more recent blog posts have been about working as a chef in Alaska, being a fixer for Bourdain in Chicago and judging on Iron Chef America.