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Leah Chase
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Chef
    (January 6, 1923-June 1, 2019)
    Born in Madisonville, Louisiana
    Known as 'The Queen of Creole Cuisine'
    Operated and co-owned the restaurant, Dooky Chase, with husband Edgar 'Dooky' Chase II (1957-95)
    Author of 'The Dooky Chase Cookbook (1990),' 'Down Home Healthy (1994),' and 'And I Still Cook' (2003)
    What exactly was her maiden name? (As of 2019, it is not documented.)
    According to her biography, her other jobs included 'managing two amateur boxers and becoming the first woman to mark the racehorse board for a local bookie.'
    She jokingly slapped Barack Obama on the hand when he tried to add Tabasco sauce to her gumbo without tasting it first.
    She was one of fourteen children.
    She remained humble and down-to-earth with her success.
    She is the recipient of over twenty-five collective awards and honorary degrees.
    She was inspiration for the character of Tiana in Disney's 'The Princess and the Frog.'
    Her restaurant was a gathering place for leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in the early 60s.
    She displayed her extensive collection of African-American art (among the largest in the country) at Dooky's.
    Her restaurant was flooded out during Hurricane Katrina, and she spent a year living in a FEMA trailer with her husband as a result.
    She counted among her restaurant guests Martin Luther King Jr., Duke Ellington, Hank Aaron, James Baldwin, - and even President George W. Bush.
    Ray Charles name-dropped her restaurant in his song Early Morning Blues with the verse: 'I went to Dooky Chase to get me something to eat.'

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