Chef Suzy deYoung of La Soupe - Biography

Cinncinatti, OH

September 2016

When Suzy DeYoung was just 13 years old her father died. But his impact on her life continues. DeYoung’s father, Chef Pierre Adrian, brought fine-dining and the city’s first Mobil 5-star rating to Cincinnati with The Maisonette. DeYoung knew she would follow in her Adrian’s footsteps (and her grandfathers’— one was chef of the Union Club, the other chef of the Sheraton Netherland, both in New York City), because, for her, it’s all about legacy.

DeYoung trained in Cincinatti kitchens but, eventually craved something more. She moved to France to spend a year training with some of the best chefs in Europe, from classic, casual bistros to restaurants like Brasserie La Gavroche in Paris and the Michelin three-star restaurant, L’Auberge d’Ill.

Returning home, with a new world of flavors and ideas, DeYoung opened La Petite Pierre, named in honor of her father. The restaurant has endured and thrived for 25 years, serving Cincinatti and visitors including Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Prince Andrew, and Bruce Springsteen. Not that DeYoung’s legacy is entirely glossy. In 2013, she launched La Soupe, a citywide initiative to combat food waste, in which DeYoung and local chefs turn what would be wasted produce into complex, delicious soups to feed the city’s hungry.