June 3, 2019
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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!
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.
It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of legendary chef #LeahChase. Her family just released word that she has died. Y’all, Ms. Chase was one of my favorites. Anytime I would visit New Orleans 1/ pic.twitter.com/5KUqvvb5LB
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 2, 2019
So many talented, dope black food pro’s in this photo. RIP Leah Chase. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/714DVmQlZW
— Angela Davis (@TheKitchenista) June 2, 2019
Ms. Leah Chase, Queen of Creole Cuisine RIP. A Restauranteur, Civil Rights Leader, and World Renowned Chef. Her restaurant Dooky Chase is where the Civil Rights Movement strategy was continuously coordinated. The destination of the Freedom Riders, Creation of SCLC. American Icon pic.twitter.com/7u27IFs5yC
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) June 2, 2019
— Michael W. Twitty (@KosherSoul) June 2, 2019
Saddened to learn of the passing of Leah Chase. I was with her family earlier this year and I send them my deepest condolences. They spoke of her civil rights activism, love of family, and passion for food. The Queen of Creole Cuisine will be dearly missed. pic.twitter.com/Vou1wEUXaA
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) 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
New Orleans lost a culinary icon, Leah Chase, yesterday, but her influence went far beyond food. Rest In Peace Leah Chase pic.twitter.com/zNrxploeiF
— Rebirth Brass Band (@RebirthBB) June 2, 2019
Truly a blessing to the world, her recipes and life achievements will be cherished forever.