It all comes down to Kansas and Kentucky.
And as fans flock to New Orleans to watch the NCAA championship on Monday night, celebrity chef John Besh has some edible advice for all the visitors in the Big Easy. Eat your heart out.
The southern native, who owns nine restaurants and has appeared on Food Network countless times, soaked up the basketball action before the Final Four. On Friday, he and fellow chef Marc Forgione cooked a Taste of New Orleans event where they got to mingle with the coaches.
"We had one-on-one time to hear their strategy before the games," Besh said.
And the coaches got to dine on some NOLA favorites like gulf shrimp creole with ricotta cavatelli. But for those who didn't get that coveted invite, Besh has some restaurants that fans shouldn't miss while in town.
"Some of my favorites are Willie Mae's Scotch House, Dooky Chase, Bon Ton on the corner of Magazine and Natchez, Cochon, Patois and of course, any of ours!" he said.
Besh is a huge Saints fan and also sits courtside at Hornets games from time to time. He's ecstatic to share his city with people who have passions similar to his.
"It's great having sports enthusiasts from all over come to New Orleans to enjoy great food, music and culture," Besh said.
The music, much like the food, is not to be missed. Besh says a visit isn't complete without a late night stroll down Frenchmen Street listening to the music drifting out of the clubs. That's where you can hear the soul of the city. It will be drowned out by the crowds on Monday night, though.
College basketball fans are salivating over the matchup between the Wildcats and Jayhawks at the Superdome. Besh is salivating over that -- and the menu.
"It's Monday so red beans and rice for sure," Besh said, "but pan-fried gulf fish at our new restaurant Borgne
right in the heart of all the action is my latest addiction."
Besh is certainly invested in the championship, but with no schools from the deep south to root for, he's just hoping for a contest that goes down to the buzzer.
"I'm just looking forward to a great game!"
Aren't we all?
And maybe a little dessert.
-- Adam Watson is the food czar at ThePostGame. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamKWatson.
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