Tory McPhail is the Executive Chef of the original Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. Appointed by the Brennan family in 2002, he follows in the footsteps of New Orleans’ culinary greats, Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme and Jamie Shannon.
Chef McPhail, well-known globally as an ambassador for New Orleans, delights in honoring our great Creole traditions while promoting Louisiana’s fresh, local ingredients. His dedication to creating and sustaining strong relationships with local purveyors has had a significant economic impact on the regional food economy. Tory is an instrumental figure in the development of the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute, NOCCHI, scheduled to open in 2017. NOCCHI is designed to allow students to earn accredited degrees and for professionals to advance their careers through continuing education programs.
McPhail has kept Commander’s Palace at the top of critics’ lists, and also led him to numerous TV appearances including Bravo’s “Top Chef,” as a guest judge; NBC’s “Today”; CBS’s “Early Show”; “Paula’s Party” with Paula Dean; “After Hours With Daniel Boulud”; and numerous Food Network programs, including “Sara’s Secrets,” “My Country, My Kitchen,” “Into the Fire,” and “Bobby Flay’s Food Nation.” Tory also co-hosted “Off the Menu,” which aired on Turner South Network for six years.
A James Beard Rising Star Chef and Best Chef South winner, Tory was named one of the best chefs in the country by TheDailyMeal.com in 2013, one of Saveur magazine’s inaugural “Tastemaker Chefs” in 2012 and winner of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in 2009.
He co-authored Commander’s Wild Side with Ti Martin, a collection of recipes taken from the legendary restaurant’s kitchen. He has also served on the Nutrition Advisory Board for Cooking Light magazine.