Leah Chase, Civil Rights Activist & Legendary ‘Queen Of Creole Cuisine,’ Dies At 96

Written by Kecia Gayle June 2, 2019
Photo Credit: Advocate staff photo by MAX BECHERER

Leah Chase, Civil Rights Activist & Legendary ‘Queen Of Creole Cuisine,’ Dies At 96

Socialites, it is with our deepest regret to inform you that legendary chef-restaurateur Leah Chase has died. The New Orleans’ matriarch of Creole cuisine, who fed civil rights leaders, musicians and presidents in a career spanning seven decades was 96-years-old.

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Chase’s family released a statement to news outlets Saturday night, sharing that the woman they who they called a “believer in the Spirit of New Orleans” died surrounded by family.

“Her daily joy was not simply cooking, but preparing meals to bring people together,” the family’s statement read. “One of her most prized contributions was advocating for the Civil Rights Movement through feeding those on the front lines of the struggle for human dignity,” Fox News quotes.

The news of the renown chef’s passing prompted an instant outpouring of tributes on social media. Fans, restaurants, chefs, friends and even city leaders took to social media to express their condolences and profess their love for Chase, who had a strong impact on our. culture

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell called Chase “a legend, an icon and an inspiration. It is impossible to overstate what she meant to our city and to our community.”

Leah Chase will be missed.

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Advocate staff photo by MAX BECHERER