PHOTOS: New Orleans’ final farewell to Leah Chase was fit for a queen

Hundreds of New Orleanians came out Monday to pay their final respects to the Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase.

by Matthew Hinton
June 11, 2019

Hundreds of New Orleanians came out Monday to pay their final respects to Leah Chase, known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine”.

Chase died June 1 at 96 years old, and since then, the city has mourned her death and celebrated her life with numerous second lines and memorial services. On Monday, a funeral Mass was held at St. Peter Claver Church. A traditional second line immediately followed, which passed by her restaurant, Dooky Chase.

Matthew Hinton is a New Orleans area freelance photographer whose work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Awards in 2014 and 2016, and by numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Hal Ledet President's Print Photography Award, the highest honor the Press Club can bestow upon a photographer. Matthew Hinton has previously been a staff photographer at both of the daily newspapers in New Orleans. His work has appeared nationally and internationally through freelance work with the Associated Press and AFP, Agence France-Presse.