Leah Chase Biography – Leah Chase Wiki
Leah Chase was an American chef, author, and television personality. Leah Chase, also known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, was the executive chef and co-owner of the historic and legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. She was a major supporter of cultural and visual arts and an unwavering advocate for civil liberties and full inclusion of all.
Chase has received many awards, including multiple awards from the NAACP, the New Orleans Times-Picayune 1997 Loving Cup Award, the Weiss Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Outstanding Woman Award from the National Council of Negro Women. Chase was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2010. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2000.
Chase received honorary degrees from Tulane University, Dillard University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Madonna College, Loyola University New Orleans, and Johnson & Wales University. She is also the recipient of the Francis Anthony Drexel Medal, the highest award presented to an individual by Xavier University of Louisiana.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana named a permanent gallery in Chase’s honor in 2009. She also served on many boards, including the Arts Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Urban League. She was a member of the Women of The Storm and the International Women’s Forum.
Leah Chase Age
She was born on January 6, 1923, in Madisonville, Louisiana, United States. She died on June 1, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana aged 96.
Leah Chase Husband
She married her husband the late musician Edgar “Dooky” Chase II in 1946. Dooky’s father had opened a street corner stand selling lottery tickets and his wife’s homemade po’boy sandwiches. Eventually, Leah and Dooky Jr. took over the business. They transformed it into an elegant sit-down Creole restaurant and African American art gallery — something virtually unheard of during a time of rare black-owned businesses.
Leah Chase Children
She had four children, sixteen grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren.
Leah Chase Family
Chase was one of 14 children.
Leah Chase Death
She died on June 1, 2019. She was 96 years old. Her death was announced by her family in a statement.
“The Chase family is heartbroken to share the news that our Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Leah Chase, passed away surrounded by her family on June 1, 2019.”
“While we mourn her loss, we celebrate her remarkable life, and cherish the life lessons she taught us. The Family will continue her legacy of “Work, Pray, and Do for Others.”
Leah Chase Cause of Death
Leah Chase’s cause of death was not revealed.
Leah Chase Net Worth
She had an estimated net worth of $14.7 million.
Leah Chase Nationality
Chase was of American nationality.
Leah Chase Ethnicity
Chase was of African-American ethnicity.