Superstar Chef of Cajun and Creole Cuisines Dies at 75

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Legendary chef Paul Prudhomme known for popularizing authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine around the world, has died at age 75.

 The Chef is reported to have  died after a brief illness.  The reason for death has not been released.

Brief History of Prudhomme:

  • He was born in Opelousas, LA, on July 13, 1940, Prudhomme was the youngest of 13 children.
  • He learned to cook from his mother and later traveled the country in his 20s to learn more about cooking in a wide variety of styles.  
  • In July 1979, he opened his acclaimed K-Paul’s as well as a catering businesses.
  • He authored nine cookbooks, hosted five cooking shows for PBS and launched a popular product line, Chef Paul Prudhomme Magic Seasoning Blends.
  • In 2012, he was named one of the Pioneers of American Cuisine by the Culinary Institute of America.
  • He also received multiple awards for his philanthropy, including Bon Appetit’s Humanitarian Award in 2006.

Prudhomme is survived by his second wife, Lori Bennett, whom he married in 2010.  His first wife, Kay Prudhomme, died in 1993 after a 7-year battle with cancer.

Source: Fox News

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