Ann Benoit lives, loves, photographs, writes, and most importantly eats in New Orleans. With so much fun available, she rarely sleeps in New Orleans! A full-time book packager with an expertise in culinary books, she pursues her serious avocations of writing, food, and photography.
For twenty-five years, Benoit has worked as the “secret weapon” of many a New Orleans writer, providing services as a ghost writer, editor, book designer, and food photographer. She is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and her works have appeared in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gambit, Amelie G, and SEVEN. In addition to her commercial and editorial work, Benoit’s fine-art photography has been exhibited at the PhotoNOLA photography festival and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Benoit is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the American Culinary Federation, and the James Beard Foundation. Combining her many talents, Benoit’s unique and engaging culinary works serve up both history and culture—with a soupçon of fun! Always breaking new ground with her innovative work, she coined the term “American Ethnic” and has crafted musical menus, providing New Orleans-themed accompaniments from classical to jazz that go beyond typical wine pairings.
Former assistant attorney general for the State of Louisiana, Benoit is also the former chief of the antitrust and business litigation section of the Louisiana Department of Justice, former executive director of the Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Center, and former chief of the family law division of the Pro Bono Project of New Orleans. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Mount Carmel Academy.