Leah Chase is often described as the “Queen of Creole Cooking.”
She is co-owner of the famous Dooky Chase restaurant located in America’s oldest black neighborhood, New Orleans’ Faubourg Tremé.
Her historic restaurant, which survived Hurricane Betsy in 1965, served as a center point for the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans.
The restaurant was flooded by Katrina when the levees broke.
Her entire family lost their homes and were scattered across the globe in the hurricane’s wake. People came from all over to help the Chase family rebuild.
At age 87 Chef Chase still struggles to keep her doors open, but her love for her community and determination to help save it keep her going.