A Conversation with Leah Chase


A Conversation with Leah Chase




A conversation with the legendary New Orleanian, Leah Chase.


The queen of New Orleans cuisine and Civil Rights legend, Leah Chase talks about the highlights of her life.


Hannah Shareef


My Nola My Story via Youtube


Mass Communications department at Xavier University of Louisiana


May 15, 2019


Leah Chase


My Nola, My Story


My Nola, My Story 2018 Exhibit.








A Digital Humanities project by Xavier University of Louisiana's Mass Communication department students, led by Dr. Shearon Roberts.

Original Format


Here they came and I made gumbo for them fried chicken puzzle and over bowl of gumbo I feel like we changed the course of America.

I love the kitchen and I love people. Food brings people together it is so important to try other food other than your own
culture. You know and we have that many different cultures in the city so it's good to try that then, If you know people's food you know much about them you know about them and what they believe what they think may be different than yoga but it's fun to be different sometimes and it's good to learn about people through the food that they eat.

well you never know why people call you what they call I cook a lot and I guess and I cook Creole food so maybe that's why
they thought well she cooks the bet Creole food there is so we'll call her the Queen and I don't know people give
your names and you never know how you acquire them I couldn't believe it that they would change my lifestyle from making I when they came to me and they told me they were gonna have an African American princess.

Good I thought it was time because they had never had a little black princess before but now they were gonna have one and I'm so happy they did that.

well all the little girls that play Princess Tiana afre cute and pretty little girls.

We had never had presidents that would visit that would visit our community.
the the whole black communities or the ghettos and they're called. You know no president has ever done that before you had to go to Canal Street to see them or to somewhere uptown to see them.

But to have a president come in your neighborhood then times are changing and for the better and President Obama was a big one for changing the times. Every one of us should be so proud of this man who was very very smart in a job
unbelievable job and he's just one I'm glad that he came my way .

What would you tell young people about successful?

Success is where you fly. You have to understand that everybody is this earth is for a purpose. You may not be a doctor you may not be a lawyer. When a doctor and a lawyer need the house to live in so you may be a construction worker you may be a carpenter he needs his shirt iron so you may not iron shirts you may know how to do those things one and be
the other one so everybody on this earth has a purpose. You have something to do. Just be proud of whatever you do.


5 minutes and 1 second




Hannah Shareef


Dr. Shearon Roberts


Date Added
May 30, 2019
Nola Culture
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Moving Image
Hannah Shareef, “A Conversation with Leah Chase,” MY NOLA, MY STORY , accessed June 5, 2023, https://xulamasscomm.omeka.net/items/show/89.