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Gerald Herbert, Associated Press
Leah Chase clasps her hands as she speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at her family's restaurant, Dooky Chase's Restaurant, in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. New Orleans restaurateur Leah Chase broke the city’s segregation laws by serving white and black customers, including civil rights leaders like Thurgood Marshall. She strove to provide an upscale, white-tablecloth dining experience at a time when none existed for blacks in the city. And after Hurricane Katrina she lived in a FEMA trailer for months as her beloved Dooky Chase’s Restaurant was being rebuilt, and she still goes to work daily. She said she has few regrets. Well, maybe one. “Maybe I should have worked harder. I don’t know. But I did the best I could do.”

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."