Leah Chase

Leah Chase

Owner & Chef


Dooky Chase

New Orleans, LA USA


You're not gonna go through life without making some kind of mistake. You're not gonna go through life without stumbling. You're gonna stumble, and some of us fall hard. But you're learning as you go.

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Leah Chase

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Civil Rights WorkInterview Excerpt
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I Never Wanted to Be PoorInterview Excerpt

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Came from a big family, was the oldest of 14 children.
Grew up poor during the Depression, lived from one day to the next.
Dreamed that her black community would someday have access to the wealth and resources on "the other side of town."
Her restaurant, Dooky Chase's, became one of the first African-American-run fine dining establishments
Took inspiration from the bravery of the civil rights workers and Freedom Riders that met in her restaurant.
Advises that when people try to put up barriers to slow you down, you just have to learn to jump their hurdles.
Says we have two ears for a reason-you can take good advice in through one ear, and let negativity out through the other.
Believes life is what you make it and you can find beauty in anything you want to see beauty in.

Career

Owner & Chef

I'm a chef and advocate for the preservation of black art and creole cuisine.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Food
Upholding a Cause and Belief