Chef Kevin Belton is a huge fan of the late Leah Chase and started frequenting Dooky Chase’s at four years old. Belton remembers Chase as one of the iconic faces of New Orleans, saying, “She was in the kitchen everyday.” He recognizes her among other greats like Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Pete Fountain and Mahalia Jackson.
Chef Belton paid special tribute to the Queen of Creole Cuisine by making one of her favorite dishes, gumbo z’herbes, on WWL-TV. This creole dish originated in the 1800s.
Chef Belton’s advice for cooking like Leah Chase? Put in a lot of love.