The Queen Baton Rouge’s Area Executive Chef, Kevin Foil, Wins People’s Choice Award at the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter’s Best Chefs Event

BATON ROUGE, La. – April 15, 2024 – Kevin Foil, Area Executive Chef at The Queen Baton Rouge, took home the “People’s Choice” award at the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter’s (ACFNO) Best Chefs of Louisiana 2024 culinary experience, held on Monday, April 8. This is Chef Foil’s second honor of the year, following his recent recognition as an ACFNO Best Chef earlier this month.

Guests at the exclusive ACFNO event were treated to one of Chef Foil’s signature dishes, a center cut pork chop glazed with Creole mustard and cane syrup, accompanied by four-cheese macaroni. This entrée, which was also presented to the award judges, captivated attendees with its bold flavors and exquisite presentation, earning Chef Foil the People’s Choice Award. The celebrated dish is a highlight of the menu at 1717 KITCHEN + COCKTAILS, the premier dining, drinking and entertainment destination located at The Queen Baton Rouge, and is available for both lunch and dinner.

“The People’s Choice Award is an honor that speaks to the heart of my culinary passion,” said Foil.  “It’s about more than just food; it’s about crafting experiences that resonate with the soul of Louisiana. My goal has always been to bring a piece of our rich cultural heritage to the table with every dish I create. I am thrilled to share this journey with our guests at 1717 KITCHEN + COCKTAILS and beyond.”


Chef Foil masterfully oversees menu and culinary operations across all restaurants at The Queen Baton Rouge. His leadership shines at 1717 KITCHEN + COCKTAILS, which opened in August 2023, where he infuses classic American favorites with inventive twists. The menu features a wide range of options, from sandwiches and flatbreads to salads, entrées, desserts and more. Spanning 5,200 square feet, 1717 offers a spacious dining room and bar with a stage for live music and other entertainment.

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About The Queen Baton Rouge

The Queen Baton Rouge, located at 1717 River Road N., has introduced a new era since The Queen Casino & Entertainment, Inc. took ownership of the historic property in December 2021. Formerly Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, the new brand captures the excitement of a comprehensive $85 million transformation, which includes moving the property from the Mississippi River to land, increasing the total footprint from 62,000 to more than 100,000 square feet, and the addition of innovative gaming, dining and entertainment destinations. The city’s first land-based casino, The Queen Baton Rouge offers more than 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor gaming space with more than 700 gaming machines and 18 table games, including blackjack, craps and roulette; numerous electronic table options; a state-of-the-art DraftKings Sportsbook with the latest sports wagering technology via 20 kiosks and four betting windows; and a dedicated smoking patio, LIT Casino & Bar, with more than 100 slots and six table games. New dining outposts include rustic American cuisine and entertainment at 1717 KITCHEN + COCKTAILS; and three exciting quick-service restaurants: Big Chicken, 3 Woks Noodle Bar and Capitol Coffee Baton Rouge. Flexible event space, accommodating more than 500 guests, is available for corporate gatherings, weddings, private parties and more. The only Baton Rouge casino located landside, The Queen Baton Rouge is within walking distance to Capitol Lake, Louisiana State Capitol and other landmark destinations. The Queen Baton Rouge is on social media at Facebook, X, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram at @QueenBatonRouge. More information about The Queen Baton Rouge is available online at


About The Queen Casino & Entertainment, Inc.  

The Queen Casino & Entertainment Inc.’s expanding gaming portfolio includes DraftKings at Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois; Casino Queen Marquette in Marquette, Iowa; and The Queen Baton Rouge and Belle of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A thriving regional gaming company, The Queen Casino & Entertainment is owned by Standard General L.P. More information about The Queen Casino & Entertainment is available on the website at