Eric Hunter

Born in Lubbock Texas in 1973. Eric and his family moved to Mandeville Louisiana in 1984. Attended school at Mandeville Middle School and Mandeville Junior High for one year. He then moved back to Texas and grew up in Fort Worth.. This is where he was exposed to the love of cooking from his father, Bob Hunter. In 2002 Eric decided he wanted to start taking cooking seriously and go to culinary school. He moved back to Mandeville and  applied at the Culinary Institute of New Orleans. He was then offered a job at a catering company in Augusta Georgia. Pullman Hall. Run and owned by a close friend of his father's. Not wanting to pass up the opportunity to start working in  the industry, he moved to Augusta in November of 2002 just in time for the Holidays. Getting some basic kitchen skills and etiquette down he went from there to then, Bistro 491, now Able Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar, working under chef Todd Schaffer. After moving his way up through that kitchen moved on to Atlanta where he worked for his mentor Chef Paul Albrecht at Spice Restaurant. Eric worked his way up to the sous chef position before heading back to Fort Worth. That where he signed on to be the chef de cuisine at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro working with chef Tim Love.  They competed on Iron Chef America and defeated Masahura Morimoto.This was where Eric was really able gain the experience he needed for his next venture. He then crossed paths with an old friend, Britton Schwitzer that was in the process of opening Fire Oak Grill.  Looking to become the executive chef now he moved on to Fire Oak Grill in 2007. In 2010 he and his wife Jennifer Pittman Hunter purchased the Fire Oak Grill from Schwitzer and built an award winning gem on the downtown square in Weatherford Texas. Eric was also the lead chef for the Make A Wish Foundation's Delicious Wishes food event raising money to grant wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. In 2015 while the Hunters were in Mandeville for Christmas they had brunch at La Provence. This wasn't the first time for them to dine there but the last as a customer. With family ties in the area Eric was contacted by the Besh Group about the opportunity to purchase La Provence. He and Jennifer quickly accepted after falling in love with the long time landmark and institution on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. They officially took over May 2, 2017. The Hunters are dedicated to preserving the legacy that La Provence carries. They are here because they fell in love with the romantic and unique presence that surrounds La Provence. That being said, they want people to revisit what was once their favorite place to experience. The menu is constantly changing to use what is in season form the garden and as many local purveyors as possible. They want to provide the food and service that people want.

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