leah chase
leah chase

Leah Chase

(1923–2019) Leah Chase was also known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine." She was a James Beard award-winning chef who spent seven decades creating countless meals in her establishment, Dooky Chase's Restaurant, one of the best-known and most culturally significant restaurants in the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. The oldest of 14 children, Leah Lange Chase was born and raised in Madisonville, Louisiana, and first began cooking in 1946. Over the years, Leah morphed from being a local-restaurant powerhouse into a national culinary legend. Presidents stopped by to eat, and she was even the inspiration for the character Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog. While Leah passed away in 2019, her restaurant continues to carry out her traditions today. Find it at dookychaserestaurants.com.
Chef Leah Chase, of Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans, said, "You will acquire a new friend for every kind of green in the pot—and we hope one of them is rich!"
Food writer, historian, and BBQ scholar Rien Fertel sits down with Cajun cooking king Isaac Toups and the legend herself Leah Chase of Dooky Chase in New Orleans for a master class in gumbo making.