WHAT Makes the chef 
so good?

Chef Richard Shackelford

Richard Shackelford is married to Libby DeLaune of Denham Springs, Louisiana and they have two children, Elizabeth and Grant. Richard is a voice graduate of the LSU School of Music.

Upon graduation, Richard and his wife worked as professional actors in traveling Broadway shows spending many years on the road before settling down in Omaha, Nebraska. While in Omaha, they purchased and ran the Dundee Dinner Theatre and managed a local bistro. Richard honed his cooking skills at the bistro under the owner/chef and applied his knowledge as the chef of the dinner theatre.

After 10 years in Omaha the couple returned to Gonzales, Richard’s hometown, and opened Starlite Espresso Café located on Burnside Avenue. The 2000 square feet facility offers gourmet coffee drinks, bakery items and a full breakfast and lunch menu.

Richard’s 30 years of restaurant experience brought him to Francois Bend and presented a new and exciting level in his career. As the Executive Chef, his excited to develop and grow the new dining experience for the residents of Francois Bend Senior Living.