The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) honored Ronnie Moore of Ye Olde College Inn in New Orleans with its Restaurant Legend Award August 15, 2018 at 4 p.m., at a surprise ceremony at the restaurant.
The Restaurant Legends Award recognizes the long-term dedication of employees of the restaurant industry, with 20 or more years of service at an establishment.
“Mo,” as he is affectionately known, was recognized not only for his exceptional frying skills, but also his tenacious work ethic and humor. Mo is a mainstay at Ye Olde College Inn, expertly frying any and all proteins and the restaurant’s famous stacked onion rings since 1990.
Ye Olde College Inn owner Johnny Blancher calls Moore the “Greatest Fry Cook on the Planet,” and that three people can’t do what he does.
“Generations of New Orleanians recognize that the fryer is an art form at College Inn,” said Blancher. “Without Mo, the standard would not have been set. Mo’s longevity is special, but the fact that he mastered the fryer sets him apart.”
While some restaurants can be plagued by the “front of the house versus back of the house” mentality, Mo won’t have it—he demands a respectful environment. According to Blancher, all the restaurant’s employees look up to him for direction and guidance.
LRA President & CEO Stan Harris presented Moore with his award.
“It’s individuals like Ronnie that are the heart of this industry,” said Harris. “He doesn’t just do his job and do it masterfully, he inspires those around him to be the best they can be. That’s what makes a true restaurant legend.”
Mo joins the nearly 300 individuals in Louisiana recognized by the LRA through its Restaurant Legends program. Collectively, these industry professionals have nearly 5,000 years of service to Louisiana restaurants and suppliers.