HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Hyde Park's John Besh.
Chef, TV personality, restaurateur and author Besh was born in Mississippi on May 14, 1968. He turns 48 on Saturday.
He joined the Marines after high school and following active duty in the Gulf War, became a star student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.
Besh went on to win Chef of the Year many times and was a contestant, judge and host on numerous cooking challenge shows.
He owns a dozen restaurants in New Orleans and Texas and has written five cookbooks.