Queen of Creole cuisine inspired Princess Tiana

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Leah Chase, the New Orleans chef known as the Queen of Creole cuisine, didn’t know what the producers of “The Princess and the Frog” had in mind when they sat down to chat a few years ago.

“I’m just rattling off about my life,” she said in an interview. “I always wanted a restaurant all of my life. My first job ever was in a restaurant after I left the laundry. Shaking out sheets didn’t work for me.”

The producers borrowed parts of the now 87-year-old’s story in creating Princess Tiana, Disney’s first black princess. The movie tells the story of Tiana’s wish to open a restaurant. (“The Princess and the Frog” is out on DVD Tuesday.)

Disney took some liberties when it comes to her gumbo. She told Disney the story about then- Senator Barack Obama stopping by her restaurant on the campaign trail. She served him a bowl of gumbo to which he added hot sauce.

Click here to keep reading her interesting story from the Sun Sentinel.

If you want to hear more about Leah Chase’s amazing rebuilding story check out this inspiring video below.

Photo from sun-sentinel.com

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