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Creole cuisine queen Leah Chase gets New Orleans sendoff

Jun. 11, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For celebrated Creole chef Leah Chase, the goodbye had all the ingredients of a typical New Orleans sendoff: warm reminiscences and mourning mixed with a Mardi Gras-style celebration of her life. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds who filed through a New...

The Latest: A New Orleans-style goodbye for Leah Chase

Jun. 10, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase (all times local): 3:30 p.m. It's been a distinctively New Orleans send-off for famed chef Leah Chase. It's alternating between the somber and the festive. Her funeral Monday was at St. Peter Claver Catholic...

French Laundry, chef Thomas Keller sued for discrimination

Jun. 3, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former employee of celebrated chef Thomas Keller is suing him and his three-star Michelin restaurants — Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California — for discrimination, saying she was denied a job transfer and ultimately let go because she was pregnant....

The Latest: Thomas Keller lawyer denies discrimination

Jun. 3, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on chef Thomas Keller's pregnancy discrimination trial (all times local): 5:35 p.m. An attorney for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group says that a former employee who has accused the chef's acclaimed New York and California restaurants of discrimination was let go because of...

Famed New Orleans chef who fed civil rights leaders dies

Jun. 2, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase always had problems when customers asked if she served "soul food." Well, that would depend on where your soul was, she'd say. If it was in China, she couldn't really help you. But if your soul was in New Orleans, well that was different. "If your...

Legendary Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, dies at 96

Jun. 2, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase, who created the city's first white-tablecloth restaurant for black patrons, broke the city's segregation laws by seating white and black customers and introduced countless tourists to Southern Louisiana Creole cooking, died Saturday. She...

'Dorm chef' still cooking up culinary buzz

May. 26, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonah Reider became an object of media fascination when he opened a sophisticated supper club in his Columbia University dorm that briefly became one of New York City's most coveted reservations. Three years after graduation, the "dorm chef " is still cooking up culinary buzz. His club,...

Jamie Oliver's UK restaurant chain collapses into insolvency

May. 21, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's British restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, partly due to increased competition and escalating rents in local commercial districts. The insolvency will leave 1,000 people out of work and reignited worries about local retail and food...

'Tortilla movement' seeks to restore Mexico's iconic food

May. 20, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Mexico City's 9 million residents sleep in the pre-dawn darkness, busy hands are already preparing the day's corn tortillas in the small kitchen of Molino El Pujol, a tortilla shop that is part of a famed chef's bid to help recover Mexico's iconic food. As the old tortilla machine...

Historic JFK terminal gets new life as luxury hotel

May. 16, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The famous winged TWA terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport came out of its decades-long retirement Wednesday with a new life as a luxury hotel. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the $268 million project. He said he remembers seeing the terminal as...