Meet Our Team

Chef Michael Regua

Chef Michael Regua has been with the historic Antoine’s Restaurant for over 30 years—the restaurant itself is considered America’s oldest, dating back to 1840. Every member of Michael’s family loved to cook. His own interest began as a young boy watching his mother cook in the kitchen. He also learned from his grandfather who worked as a cook at the Martin Brothers Restaurant in New Orleans. His Experiences prior to coming to Antoine’s include work with Holiday Inns, Bienville House, and the Monteleone Hotel.

In 1972, he began honing his cooking skills even further after his cousin brought him onboard at Antoine’s. Starting out as a prep cook, he worked his way up the ladder to Executive Chef, taking over from Chef John De Villes. In his years with Antoine’s Michael has prepared meals for presidents, heads of state, and celebrities. Some of the more recent dignitaries have included Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, Nicolas Cage, Linda Carter, Whoopie Goldberg, Kevin Costner, Joan Rivers…the list goes on. When Pope John Paul II visited New Orleans in 1987, Chef Michael was chosen as one of the local chefs to prepare a meal for him.

Under Executive Chef Michael Regua, Antoine’s has received a number of awards, including the Lafcadio Hearn Award, presented through the Chef John Flose Culinary Institute Hall of Honor. Throughout his career with Antoine’s Chef Michael has continued the quality and traditions that have made this historic restaurant famous.

Matthew Ousset

Matthew Ousset has been with Antoine’s for 32 years . He started as an apprentice waiter in 1981, then moved on to become one of Antoine’s most popular waiters. He always had an interest in fine wine and after Katrina was promoted to Beverage Manager. Matthew has grown to be an esteemed wine professional. He holds both CSW and FWS wine certifications and has traveled to wine regions both in the US and Internationally. After 9 years of working with various beverage partners, he has grown Antoine’s cellar back to 18,000 bottles including some much sought after wines. He also has an enviable office location in our famous cellar.

Rick Blount – CEO, 5th Generation

Rick Blount is the current CEO at Antoine's. Rick worked at Antoines as a teenager and college student. He then went on to manage and own a variety of successful business enterprises in both the New Orleans area and Texas. He came back to Antoine's in March of 2005 and has enjoyed being back in the family business. In recent years, he has expanded the Antoine's footprint to include the Hermes Bar and Antoines Annex, a European Café on Royal Street. Rick is pictured here with mother, Yvonne Alciatore Blount, 4th Generation.