“I knew that this cookbook was something I had to do. Our customers were begging for it, and I knew that I'd love putting it together.”
Monique Boutté Christina
Monique Boutté Christina has been committed to the success of her family's restaurant ever since her first job as hostess at Mulate's of Baton Rouge. After two years of working in nearly every position in the restaurantsâ€”from hostess and cashier to prep cook and fry cookâ€”Ms. BouttÃ© decided to leave college (LSU-Baton Rouge) to work at Mulate's full-time and soon became the office manager. That same year, she married Metairie, Louisiana, native Murphy Christina and the following year decided to return to school to attain her accounting degree, working part-time and attending school full-time.
In 1997, while still in school, Mrs. BouttÃ© Christina began commuting from Baton Rouge to Mulate's in New Orleans. With just nine credit hours left until her graduation, she quit school again and dove into her new role as general manager, moving permanently to New Orleans. Her husband joined the business in 2000 and became co-general manager.
Because of the strong support from her staff, husband, and father, she was able to go back to school and earn her degree in accounting in 2001. Upon her graduation, she began work on Mulate's cookbook, which includes recipes from the restaurant as well recipes collected from her father, mother, and other family members.
Mrs. Boutté Christina was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and graduated from the Episcopal School of Acadiana in 1990. She now lives in New Orleans with her husband and their two daughters.