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From an Unfussy New Orleans Cafe, a Summer Cobbler

Back in 2003, the Southern-born pastry chef Kelly Fields approached her boss, the beloved blue-eyed New Orleans chef and James Beard Award winder Josh Besh, about opening a bakery. Then Hurricane Katrina hit, putting Field’s plans on hold while the city picked itself back up again. At Besh’s urging, she traveled the world in the meantime, gathering culinary inspiration in Italy, Egpyt and throughout the Middle East before settling back in New Orleans and holding the title of executive pastry chef at his culinary empire there. And finally this week, over a decade after she first conceived it, Fields opened the doors to Willa Jean, an unfussy corner bakery cafe in the up-and-coming South Market District.

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