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Leah Chase

Chef / New Orleans, LA
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Leah Chase
Photo by Denny Culbert

James Beard Award nominee
Title: Chef
Location: New Orleans, LA
Establishment: Dooky Chase

Why she's a big deal: Known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance, and has fed Thurgood Marshall, Ray Chares, Barack Obama, and more.