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Leah Chase

Esteemed Creole chef, patron of the arts, and civic leader, Leah Chase is a distinguished inspiration to all. As an African American woman raised in rural Louisiana, she boldly broke through racial barriers to become the owner of the renowned Dooky Chase restaurant, an establishment frequented by celebrities. With her faith and hard work, she continues to succeed in her culinary career while garnering admiration from her peers. Born in 1923, Chase is a living legend known for popularizing Creole cuisine, an advocate for African American equality, and an outspoken voice in politics. While contributing to both the black and white communities of New Orleans, she raised four children, grieved the loss of a daughter, and survived a bombing during the Civil Rights era.