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Leah Chase, famously known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” passed away on Sunday at 96-years-old.

Famous for her work both inside and outside of the kitchen, this iconic chef and activist leaves behind a delicious legacy. Her world-famous restaurant, Dooky Chase, is recognized for its outstanding menu and important history. The New Orleans’ staple is known for feeding and hosting the Freedom Riders and providing meeting spaces for civil right’s leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout her seven-decade-long career, the Louisiana native has served everyone from protestors to presidents. Remember that time she smacked President Brack Obama’s hand for putting hot sauce in her gumbo!

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Though Mrs. Chase made it a point to treat everyone like a special guest, she has hosted a fair share of notable and famous diners, many of which have been sharing their love and tributes on social media.

Truly a blessing to the world, her recipes and life achievements will be cherished forever.

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