Chef Holly Goetting is a native daughter of Lafayette, Louisiana, with parents of German and Cajun heritage. When she was only ten years old, she fell in love with cooking and dining, and (although she doesn't remember saying so) she declared her wishes to be a chef.
After working in the kitchens of Lafayette restaurants, Holly began her studies at the John Folse Culinary Institute. Since 2001, Holly has worked at Charley G's Seafood Grill in Lafayette. Starting as a cook in the kitchen, she worked her way up to the position of sous chef in 2002 and to executive chef in 2003.
In 2005 Holly received the “Chefs to Watch” award from Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine, was given the opportunity to cook at the James Beard House in New York City and in 2008, Holly was named Best Chef by the Times of Acadiana. In her position as executive chef at Charley G's, Holly most enjoys the freedom of creativity and self-expression that comes from working with fresh ingredients.
Although her travels have taught her different culinary customs, she particularly appreciates the special flavors and tastes of Louisiana—especially Lafayette and Acadiana.