Paul Prudhomme, is remembered by NOLA residents. Prudhomme, brought the cooking of Louisiana and New Orleans– — especially the Cajun gumbos, jambalayas and dirty rice he grew up with — to the world and put New Orleans on the culinary map.
Hear locals, friends and colleagues recall his kindness and powerful legacy.
In 1979, Mr. Prudhomme and his wife, the former K Hinrichs, opened K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen on Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It became a sensation almost immediately, capturing the attention of food writers across the country with its inventive take on traditional Cajun specialties and exposing Americans to ingredients like tasso and boudin.
It was an approach that dovetailed with the larger movement known as New American cooking, which placed a new premium on the richness of regional cuisine in the United States.
Prudhomme died after a brief illness in New Orleans on October 8, 2015.