Role Model

Greg Reggio

Co-Founder, Taste Buds, Inc.

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Gregg Reggio is a co-founder of Taste Buds, Inc., a culinary corporation that develops successful restaurant concepts in New Orleans. Created alongside fellow New Orleans chefs Gary Darling and Hans Limburg, the company was founded out of a mutual passion for international flavors and the Crescent City. Taste Buds offers renowned consulting services and was named among the “Best Places to Work” in 2016 by New Orleans City Business as well as a “Top WorkPlace” by The Times-Picayune in 2017.

Greg Reggio attended the University of New Orleans’ School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism in addition to an affiliate school of the American Culinary Federation. His culinary skills earned him the opportunity to train under acclaimed Chef Warren LeRuth. Greg went on to become the Director of Training for Copeland’s of New Orleans. He is also the past President of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, as well as a board member of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana Tourism Development Commission. In 2011, Greg was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Louisiana Restaurant Association, where he currently serves as Chairman.

Greg has worked tirelessly to use his skillset to benefit the New Orleans community and the nation at large. He has collaborated with many charities, including Team Gleason and Hogs for the Cause. Greg founded “Three Chefs, One Mission” to assist disaster-stricken communities across the country. With a group of leaders in the hospitality community, Greg formed the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation to offer greater access to the culinary arts, while providing support for the health and social welfare of children across Louisiana.

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Photo credit: Gigsy Photography