PHOTOS: The city celebrates Leah Chase’s life at memorial service

Family and well-wishers attend a Celebration of Life Service for Chef Leah Chase at the Xavier University Convocation Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, June 8, 2019.

by Matthew Hinton
June 10, 2019

Family and well-wishers attend a Celebration of Life Service for Chef Leah Chase at the Xavier University Convocation Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The Queen of Creole Cuisine at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant passed away last Saturday June 1st at the age of 96. She served two U.S. presidents and also Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights area and the restaurant she ran with her husband, Dooky Chase, Jr., served as a meeting place for African-American politicians for decades.

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.