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New Orleans' Own Celebrity Chef
Chef Damion Banks began working in the kitchen as a teenager under New Orleans Chef, Austin Leslie. Damion’s uncle, Marvin Beauchamp, was the sous chef at Chef Austin's restaurant, so he got Damion a summer job there washing dishes. Every moment he could, Damion watched the chefs and studied their techniques.
One day there was a need in the kitchen other than the dishes. So, Damion, who took to cooking like a fish to water and began to work his way through ranks at the well established restaurant. He pressed in, with a desire to be the best with position and promotion. He impressed Chef Austin with his artistic nature and work ethic. After a few years learning everything he could, Damion accepted the opportunity to move on to Olivier’s as a Chef. It was there that Chef Banks was employed for over 13 years, including 8 years as Executive Chef.
Working for this 3rd generation Creole restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter, including an essential to opening two additional locations in New Orleans, Chef Banks perfected his professional portfolio and advance in creativity. In anticipation of today, Chef Banks began then building his reputation as a must have caterer, honoring his grandma and grandpa Beauchamp.
Now, Chef Damion Banks prepares New Orleans’ best in traditional favorites of the Creole Cuisine. To it, he adds his own contemporary flare. So, you can taste and see the exquisite flavor at the hand of New Orleans’ finest professional chef featured on Ideal Chef and past year printed publications.
He and his wife, Cheryl opened Beauchamps Social Gatherings in January of 2013. Together, with their family and long-time friends, they host celebrations and events with unique taste.
Chef Banks and Cheryl pioneered the “Romantic Meal” (aka Beauchamps 365) that is a featured favorite; adding value to your intimate relationship. Each evening, the space flows with only the sweet notes that kindle a new spark or long burning flame and the savory smell of custom creations made for two.
Chef Banks continues to receive attention and special requests from locals and celebrities alike. In 2013, Chef Banks was behind the scenes on TLC's Hit Reality Show "Four Weddings". In February 2015, he was invited as a(n) guest/expert on "Chrisley Knows Best". Due to Beauchamps growing popularity and rapport with the very important people for whom they cater 365 days a year, he declined to appear.
In September 2015 Chef Damion and Proprietor Cheryl Banks opened Beauchamps' second location. Today, their third location caters for dozens of clients and events each week!
Last year, Beauchamps added a food truck for private events, festivals and all sorts of finger-licking fun!
Do stick around. Stay connected. Eat until you’re satisfied with the food that is changing the face of contemporary Creole Catering by none other than, Louisiana’s own, Chef Damion Banks.