Rep. Richmond Statement on the Passing of Mrs. Leah Chase

June 4, 2019
Press Release

New Orleans, LA Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) released the following statement on the passing of legendary New Orleans chef and restaurateur Mrs. Leah Chase:

“Mrs. Chase was known to most as the legendary Queen to Creole Cuisine, but to me, she was a close friend, mentor, and source of inspiration,” said Rep. Richmond. “Her passion and skill in culinary arts served as a vessel not only to bring people together at a time when our nation faced racial strife and segregation, but also as a way to heal communities, champion the Civil Rights Movement, and transcend institutional barriers to success.

“Mrs. Chase’s personable demeanor made her the matriarch of New Orleans. Her heart and soul touched the lives of so many who traveled from far and wide to experience the iconic cuisine of Dooky Chase Restaurant. I cherish the time spent with Leah and offer my sincere condolences to the Chase family. While she will be sorely missed, her imprint and legacy in New Orleans history and culture will remain present for a lifetime to come.”