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Leah Chase: Suppertime Send-Off To The Queen of Creole Cuisine On #RolandMartinUnfiltered

Groundbreaking restaurateur Leah Chase, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” died on June 1 at the age of 96.

The New Orleans culinary matriarch who fed civil rights leaders, presidents of the United States, musicians and Hollywood stars spanning over seven decades made an indelible impression on city of New Orleans and the food industry in general.

Chase ran her family restaurant Dooky Chase’s, where she still cooked in the kitchen up until shortly before her death.

Yours truly had the pleasure of dining annually at the famed Dooky Chase’s establishment each year while in NOLA for the Essence Festival.

Leah Chase greeted guests, including yours truly, during a dinner at Dooky Chase’s

For at least an entire decade, I ate at their storied restaurant. I was one of the first people to dine at the establishment after Hurricane Katrina, as the restaurant reopened for the first time after the devastation of the city to feed a corporate group that I was traveling with organized by Diversity Executive Jocelyn K. Allen.

I spoke about the blessing of having the iconic Mrs. Chase cook for me and reflected on her impact on a special tribute episode of Roland Martin’s streaming news broadcast, #RolandMartinUnfiltered.


Dr. Greg Carr, Chef Rock Harper, Jawn Murray, Chef Kwame Onwuachi Roland Martin

Chef Rock Harper, Chef Kwame Onwuachi, Dr. Greg Carr of Howard University and I all joined Martin for a dinner party send-off, which also included a special interview with former “The Chew” host Carla Hall, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Marc Morial and Andrew Young.

VIDEO: Watch this special episode of #RolandMartinUnfiltered below.

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