Leah Chase, internationally known and respected chef and owner of Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana has been honored with the 2012 Faces of Diversity American Dream Award.
New Orleans Restaurant Owner Leah Chase Honored with 2012 Faces of Diversity Award
This is awarded by the National Restaurant Association and it celebrates members of restaurant and foodservice industry who are the best representation of how, through hard work and determination, one can achieve the American dream in this industry.
A pioneer of Creole cooking Mrs. Chase is known as “Queen of Creole Cuisine. She’s also been a longtime promoter of African-American art.
Chase’s perseverance has seen her through difficult times, including Hurricane Katrina. The storm’s crippling aftermath of the flooding caused by the Corps of Engineers crumbling and poorly designed levee walls closed hundreds of businesses and sent thousands residents scattering to other cities.
I’ve had the privilege of sitting down for long conversations with Mrs. Chase. I was impressed by her inner strength, her sharpness of mind and above all her caring attitude. At 89 years old she is still going strong and is still a major influence on the restaurant industry in New Orleans.
Over the years she’s received numerous lifetime achievement awards, restaurant and cookbook awards and honorary doctorates. So we could rightly call her Dr. Leah Chase. Anyone who’s met her has had the privilege of meeting a living legend and institution here in New Orleans.
She’s still in her kitchen today and if you go to her restaurant Dooky Chase you’ll see her bustling around from kitchen to table in control of it all.
Restauranteur and world-class chef Leah Chase is much beloved here in the city of New Orleans and beyond. We congratulate her on receiving yet another honor.