Born and raised in Nigeria, educated in England, Tariq Hanna arrived in the U.S. with very different aspirations other than a life in culinary arts. Thinking he would become an architect, he accidentally found himself in culinary school.
After 20 successful years in Detroit, Tariq moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to be part of the Renaissance of the city, by opening Sucré with partner Joel Dondis.
8 years later, Sucré boasts 3 store fronts, a Confection Studio, a growing online market, wholesale business with nationwide distribution and Salon, Sucré’s first restaurant, tea room and cocktail lounge that opened to rave reviews in Spring of 2015.
Some of Tariq’s accolades include:
2004 Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year (ACF)
2004 Runner up National Pastry Chef of the Year (ACF)
2007 Pastry Chef of the Year (New Orleans Magazine)
2008 National Chef of the Year (Chef Magazine)
2010 Appointed as First Ever Group Commander of Louisiana Air National Guard (159th Squadron)
2011 10 Best Pastry Chef in America (Dessert Professional Magazine)
2012 10 Best Chocolatiers in North America (Dessert Professional Magazine)
2012 Named as one US Department of State Diplomatic Culinary Ambassadors
2014 Named one of the 25 “Most Influential Pastry Chefs in America for the Modern Era” BAKE Magazine
Tariq has also made several appearances on TV Food Network (Challenge, Paula Deen Show, Sugar Rush) TLC (Ultimate Cake Off) TBS (Dinner and a Movie)
Tariq has also been featured in numerous publications including Bon Appetit, Saveur, O Magazine, Paula Deen, Departures, Garden and Gun, Southern Living, Time Magazine, Dessert Professional, American Cake Decorating just to name a few.
Tariq has also been an adjunct culinary instructor since 2001 and has taught professional level classes in both the United States and Canada.
Tariq is also the creator and host of “The Big Gateaux Show” a one of a kind Burlesque inspired pastry competition that occurs during The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE)
In 2015, Felchin Chocolate of Switzerland named Tariq as their first U.S. Ambassador.