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Emery Whalen
New Maker!
New Orleans, LA


Emery Whalen is the co-founder and CEO of QED Hospitality, a restaurant operations management group with locations in New Orleans and Nashville. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the city’s rich culinary traditions and her grandmother’s cooking inspired a passion for both food and the preservation of the region’s indigenous culture. After graduating from Princeton, Emery taught French and Spanish to public high school students before falling in love with the restaurant industry in 2010. She spent the next seven years soaking up the knowledge and opportunity that her many positions offered her. She also served as a founding director of a foundation providing scholarships to minority recipients for Culinary School and micro-loans to local farmers. In 2017, with partner Brian Landry, she founded QED Hospitality, which operates seven bars and restaurants in New Orleans and Nashville. Emery has been named a Forbes '30 Under 30.'