NEW ORLEANS — After decades running the famous Dooky Chase's restaurant in New Orleans, the Queen of Creole Cuisine has few regrets — maybe just one.
Leah Chase questions whether she has worked enough.
Chase turns 93 on Wednesday and the suggestion that she hasn't worked hard enough might shock her patrons. She still goes to work daily and uses a walker to greet customers and monitor the kitchen.
Chase's place in New Orleans history is secure.
She broke the city's segregation laws decades ago by serving white and black customers together and provided an upscale dining experience for African-American patrons.
Her jambalaya, fried oysters, shrimp Creole and Gumbo des Herbes introduced countless people to Creole cooking.
Fellow restaurateur John Besh calls her an "ambassador of our food, our people of south Louisiana."