Iris Chef Ian Schnoebelen Biography
New Orleans Restaurant Cuisine Meets California Flavors
A native of Hawaii, Chef Ian Schnoebelen grew up in Southern California where he discovered his flair for cooking as a prep cook in the Newporter Hotel in Newport Beach. Having never been to New Orleans, he moved here in 1993 because he thought it would be a fun adventure. He spent two years at the Red Room (in New Orleans), where he became Executive Chef, and was instrumental in opening the Las Vegas branch of Commander’s Palace. He further honed his skills at several Michelin starred French restaurants in England, and returned to New Orleans where he spent four years at the popular French restaurant Lilette as sous chef.
The Birth of Iris, His French Quarter Restaurant
Schnoebelen and his partner, Laurie Casebonne, opened their New Orleans restaurant, Iris, in January 2006 in the popular Riverbend neighborhood. Ten months later, Iris has the distinction of being named Best New Restaurant of 2006 by New Orleans Magazine. Seven months later, Chef Ian Schnoebelen was honored by Food & Wine Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best New Chefs in America in June 2007. Now the popular and cozy New Orleans restaurant has changed locations to a larger, more spacious fine dining establishment at Bienville House, a French Quarter hotel in downtown New Orleans.
Schnoebelen’s unpretentious, new American cuisine concentrates on fresh, seasonal ingredients presented in inventive ways while blending with his southern California roots.