New Orleans’ Queen of Creole Cooking Still Reigns at 94
At Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans, a hearty bowl of chef Leah Chase’s gumbo is an authentic taste of history. Widely known as the queen of Creole cuisine, Chase has served her Southern fare to world leaders and celebrities alike over her 71-year career, and she continues to cook today at age 94. Though her gumbo and fried chicken are legendary, her restaurant—a culinary landmark—made history of its own by serving as a meeting place for the civil rights movement of the 1960s. So come hungry and eat up; you won’t taste comfort food like this anywhere else.
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