My culinary background began on a step stool in my MeMaw’s kitchen (yep, obviously I’m from the South) I was her pot stirrer, flour sifter, potato masher, carrot peeler, egg whisker, official taste tester…I was her sous chef! (and that was way before I even knew that role)

Here is the chef and her little sous chef, relaxing after cooking and enjoying a big meal-that’s my full and happy look!


My culinary journey took a big leap when finances forced me to take a semester off from college in order to earn money to further my education. I got a job in a restaurant and found my place in the world. I did earn a Health Education degree and became a Certified Health Education Specialist but realized my passion was in the restaurant world. I was a restaurant manager for 22 years. The many hours in the restaurant and kitchen gave me the opportunities to learn from some of the greatest local chefs in Louisiana. I used this knowledge to cook against some of the same chefs, my early mentors, in benefit cook-offs. I even beat a few of them at their own game! I loved cooking so much, I became a catering chef.

My culinary journey would take another direction after I suffered a stroke and was forced to retire from the restaurant world but luckily not from cooking. I consider my stroke my biggest blessing in disguise for it enabled me to begin my blog and follow my passion against food waste. An issue I saw first hand from the back of the kitchen to the customers’ refusal to take home a to-go box.

I have a cooking segment. See some clips on My MEDIA page.

I have been proud to participate yearly in the Cancer Services Capital Chef Showcase, premiering my original recipes.

Chef Susanne Duplantis

In 2015, I was selected to compete in the first annual Food Fight Write Blogger Summit cooking competition:

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I was honored to be asked to return to the 2016 World Food Championships as a judge for the dessert category. After extensive training, I became a certified food sport judge in the E.A.T. methodology.WFC Judge Susanne Duplantis

I was proud to be one of five competitors from my state of Louisiana to compete in the 2017 World Food Championships. My category-Chili Susanne Duplantis WFC 2017

Susanne Duplantis Baton Rouge I’m the event chef of the Riverbend Garden Growers Exchange, a group fighting food waste one garden and one neighborhood at a time.  party2 Learn more about it in the Country Roads Magazine article.  Did I mention I love cooking! party5

I do local cooking demonstrations utilizing fresh vegetables while teaching stem to root cooking. Baton Rouge Farmers Market Susanne DuplantisBaton Rouge Farmers Market Susanne Duplantis

I enjoy cooking for local charities and benefits. Chef Susanne Duplantis

I have developed new restaurant menu items based on my “Use it not Misuse it” belief

Read more about My Food Philosophy

I can be reached at: susanne@makeovermyleftover.com

6 thoughts on “My HISTORY

  • January 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Great ideal U have here lady! U think this can help me to eat better foods and attempt to lose a few pounds? I need to make and give U are large cutting board for your videos. God Bless !

  • March 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Hello Susanne,
    It was a pleasure meeting you and I very much enjoyed our conversation at the end of an oyster table at Clammer Dave’s Oyster Roast during last week’s Charleston Food & Wine Festival. You have a great personal story and I will look forward to reading your blog now! Take care and hopefully I’ll run into you again at next year’s event.

    • March 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      So glad to hear from you, such a nice surprise as well as our conversation over some incredibly delicious oysters. It was a delight to meet you. Thanks for following my blog-Lots more to Cook!! See you next year!!

  • January 13, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    So excited and proud of you!


  • September 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    So looking forward to your great blog. I have tasted your creations and you are magical.
    The very best to you Susanne, you are INDEED a CHEF!


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