Enter to Win an Apron Designed by Billy Reid and John Besh

January 12, 2016 | By | Comments (31)

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Like Stephen Colbert and John Batiste or Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, when Southerners join forces, great things happen. As is the case with this apron made by Alabama-based fashion designer Billy Reid and inspired by New Orleans Chef John Besh.

Reid designed the apron in selvedge chambray with copper rivet details and leather tie straps, complete with Chef Besh’s signature Sazerac recipe printed on the inside pocket. Proceeds from the sale of the aprons benefit the John Besh Foundation, which preserves the foodways and cultural traditions of New Orleans and Louisiana by providing microloans to area farmers and scholarships to disadvantaged students to pursue culinary careers.

Tell us why you’d love to have this apron for your own in a comment below, and you’ll be entered to win. For official rules, click here.


  1. Stephen Wenner

    would love to win this so I could impress the wife while I make her a lovely dinner..

    May 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm
  2. jan REYNOLDS

    love to win one to give to my “cooking mad ” granddaughter !

    January 26, 2016 at 9:44 am
  3. Cat Duvall

    I would love to win this apron. I currently don’t own an apron. I recently bought a home in South Carolina and have been trying to cultivate my southern hospitality. I’ve been able to invite my neighbors, friends and family over for home-cooked southern meals. I would love to wear this apron while honing my skills.

    January 15, 2016 at 10:42 am
  4. Sara Sullivan

    I’d like to win the Billy Reid/John Besh apron for one simple reason, and it’s not because I’m a great cook. I’d like to win because I’m a messy cook.

    Whether I’m crafting my infamous tater-tot casserole or reheating leftovers from a Mexican restaurant, this classically designed apron would elevate my look, if not my dish!

    January 15, 2016 at 9:17 am
  5. Caitlin Loder

    It’s such a handsome apron! It would be perfect for my fiance when he helps me in the kitchen!

    January 14, 2016 at 10:32 am
  6. Kate reynolds

    It’s such a beautiful apron, I’d wear it out on the town like an evening gown!

    January 14, 2016 at 8:12 am
  7. Sylvia

    I love the idea of a chambray apron with leather ties! I cam imagine how the chambray will get softer with washing & I love the touch of leather as it ages! This is an apron that I bet I forget to take off when I sit down to eat with family & friends!!!

    January 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm
  8. Lisa B.

    It might inspire me to cook more and keep me neater if I do 🙂

    January 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm
  9. Lissa

    I traveled around as an Army Brat but was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Southern Parents. I loved visiting my Grandmother’s and Aunts’s down South and they were always cooking up something in the kitchen. I have their blue eyes and would really enjoy wearing such a lovely chambray apron.

    January 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm
  10. Kelly E.

    I’m a big fan of both Billy Reid and John Besh, so I would love to have this apron! It might encourage me to use one more often, too, since I usually only remember to dig one out half way through cooking a meal. Thank you for the chance to win!

    January 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  11. Kathleen

    Cross my heart, I’m not just saying this to win, but the very first thing I do every day after coming home from work is to put on an apron. It’s kind of a joke with my children, but I’m never without an apron on at home. Aprons keep my clothes clean & I wouldn’t know what to do without apron pockets to put clothes pins, garden tools ,dog bisquits, etc in.

    January 13, 2016 at 8:16 am
  12. Daniel Campbell

    I think it would come in handy.

    January 13, 2016 at 7:33 am
  13. Kriste

    I would love to wear this stylish apron while I create masterpieces for my family

    January 13, 2016 at 7:33 am
  14. Darla

    I head up a nig fall diiner for our church…and am always looking for a fun apron to wear. Would LOVE this one.!

    January 13, 2016 at 6:34 am
  15. Diana Harmon

    I’d love to have this apron for the cause it represents and because it’s a great looking apron that I’d wear with pride.
    Thank you for the chance to enter the contest, Diana

    January 13, 2016 at 5:04 am
  16. Kim G

    I’d love to win this for my son. He learned to cook at a young age standing in my kitchen with me and my Mama. He now has two young girls that he is passing the appreciation of food and healthy eating onto. He could use a handsome barrier between him and the mess he sometimes creates!

    January 13, 2016 at 4:58 am
  17. Nancy Galassini

    Love it!

    January 13, 2016 at 4:40 am
  18. debbie smith

    I don’t have an apron. My mamma and grandma who were from Mississippi always wore an apron. I just retired a year ago and I am living my dream of having time to garden and cook. My favorite shows are all the cooking shows and I love having time to read and look up recipes.

    January 13, 2016 at 2:38 am
  19. Ginger Willhite

    I would be proud to own such an apron. With the proceeds going to benefit farmers and students through the John Besh Foundation, and such care and sophistication put into it, it certainly is not just an “apron”. I love it.

    January 13, 2016 at 2:22 am
  20. Marianne

    This would be a perfect match for my new beach house kitchen!🌴 Love it!

    January 13, 2016 at 1:49 am
  21. Kristen

    I would love to have this apron because I love to cook! My somewhat talent in the kitchen is matched by my talent for making messes. I have an old apron my grandma made for me in high school when we made our pies together for the holidays. She knew what a mess maker I was from an early age. In all honesty I should retire that apron and display it for sentimental reasons. A new apron would be the perfect chance to do just that. Really though this apron might be one I want to display in my kitchen right along beside it.

    January 13, 2016 at 1:34 am
  22. merzsmith@hotmail.com

    Because I like it!

    January 13, 2016 at 1:02 am
  23. denise maahs

    because I need one and don’t have one! and it is perfect 🙂

    January 13, 2016 at 12:00 am
  24. Debra Kaszula

    I would love to win the apron as it lovely, and also as the apron campaign benefits the John Besh Foundation. I habitually purchase items that benefit a foundation or cause, and, in particular, it is important to me that items are made in America. Further, it is my great hope to buy a few acres this year and homestead, so it is very apt to my desire (though not in the Louisiana area alas as I am looking at southern Missouri). I know I will probably wear the apron out, first, as we build (though a tool belt will be the mainstay), and then as I feed chickens and tend my garden, and of course as I cook. I would wear it proudly and probably repeat myself many times relating how it came to be.

    January 13, 2016 at 12:00 am
  25. Lisa Christopher Grimes

    How does one cook without an apron? An apron is necessary and one made of chambray makes it even better.

    January 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm
  26. karen s

    Ooh chambray. A staple in my southern wardrobe. I would wear it year round if I could. And I would love to wear it in the kitchen. This apron is beautifully designed, down to the idea of an inside pocket. I would be honored to wear it, especially given the significance of the program it was created on. Lovely.

    January 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm
  27. Deb

    I would give this apron to my son, who enjoys cooking and entertaining. A southerner from AL, now living in NYC, the apron would be a reminder of “home” and his southern roots.

    January 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm
  28. Anna Robertson

    My uncle Pooka cooks the best ribs in the south. He is best known with a dixie cup filled with bourbon and a halo of smoke. He cooked ribs for my engagement party and is always willing to feed the masses when there is a celebration, funeral, or even cemetery clean up by the boy scouts. If I win this, I would give it to him because he gives so much to all of us and is still wearing an old restaurant white apron with years of stains. Plus he is from Alabama just like Billy Reid. He would wear an Alabama designer with pride in the pit!

    January 12, 2016 at 6:03 pm
  29. Nancy Beaird

    My kitchen is my sanctuary – and my vestment is my apron. And, perhaps, New Orleans is the Vatican of southern cooking. John Besh’s work to preserve the irreplaceable culture of Louisiana while nurturing its youth toward culinary careers is important to honoring our heritage by helping it grow from its roots. This apron would inspire me each time I wear it to cleave to the old ways while interweaving the new and the fresh, echoing Billy Reid’s fresh yet traditional styling.

    January 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm
  30. Lynn Welch

    I have two aprons my husband and I received as wedding gifts 40 years ago; the aprons were made by a friend of my mother-in-law. Mrs. B presented the aprons to my then-future husband at the groomsmen breakfast she hosted. A black and white apron monogrammed with “Nana’ Kitchen” in red and an apron I received as the featured “Wednesday’s Cook” in our local newspaper round out my favorite-aprons collection. This Billy Reid designer apron would be the icing on the cake.

    January 12, 2016 at 5:19 pm
  31. Lynn Welch

    I have two aprons my husband and I received as wedding gifts 40 years ago; the aprons were made by a friend of my mother-in-law. Mrs. B presented the aprons to my then-future husband at the groomsmen breakfast she hosted. An black and white apron embroidered with “Nana’s Kitchen” in red and an apron I received as “Wednesday’s Cook” in our local newspaper. This Billy Reid designer apron would be the icing on the cake of my special apron collection.

    January 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

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