Leah Chase Queen of Creole Cuisine Dies At 96 – Leah Chase, Louisiana legend the “Queen of Creole Cuisine” and a New Orleans civil rights pioneer, has died Saturday, her family said. She was 96 years old.
Leah Chase Queen of Creole Cuisine Dies At 96:
“Leah Chase, lovingly referred to as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, was the executive chef and co-owner of the historic and legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant,” her family said in a written statement.
“Her daily joy was not simply cooking, but preparing meals to bring people together. One of her most prized contributions was advocating for the Civil Rights Movement through feeding those on the front lines of the struggle for human dignity. She saw her role and that of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant to serve as a vehicle for social change during a difficult time in our country’s history.”
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of our dear friend,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement. “Leah Chase led a remarkable life as a wife, mother, grandmother and trailblazing entrepreneur who believed in treating everyone with dignity and respect.
“She never met a stranger and used her love of cooking and feeding others to help advance the fight for equality and justice for everyone during one of the most difficult struggles in our nation’s history. Leah has left an indelible imprint on the city she loved, our state and nation. She will forever be known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine.”
Leah Chase Wiki:
Leah Chase was born on January 6, 1923 in Madisonville, Louisiana, United States. She was known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine. Chase was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2010. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2000. She was awarded Times-Picayune Loving Cup Award in 1997.
According to Leah Chase “I always say it’s good coming up in a small, rural town because you learn about animals. Kids today don’t know the food they eat. If you come up in a country town, where there’s some farming, some cattle raising, some chicken raising, you know about those things … When we went to pick strawberries we had to walk maybe four or five miles through the woods and you learned what you could eat. You knew you could eat that mayhaw, you could eat muscadines. You knew that, growing up in the woods. You just knew things. You got to appreciate things.”
One of the greatest people of our time passed at age 96. Sending all our love to the family and friends of the one and only Leah Chase. I’m so blessed that I got to cook with her, cook for her, and enjoy meals from her own hands, but mostly I’m grateful … https://t.co/t4iJTMLGqv pic.twitter.com/T3Ss9YvtrT
— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) June 2, 2019
Leah Chase was a legend, an icon and an inspiration. It is impossible to overstate what she meant to our City and to our community. At Dooky Chase’s Restaurant: she made creole cuisine the cultural force that it is today. pic.twitter.com/MSFaNdLvsx
— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) June 2, 2019
An icon of New Orleans, Ms. Leah Chase, chef, civil rights leader, and activist whose legendary restaurant, Dooky Chase was the headquarters for the civil rights movement in the 60s has passed away at 96. She was the Queen of Creole cuisine, and was royalty in every sense pic.twitter.com/mmWrsE57Dr
— Al Roker (@alroker) June 2, 2019
— Michael W. Twitty (@KosherSoul) June 2, 2019