Funeral held for Louisiana celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme
NEW ORLEANS - Hundreds of mourners have paid respects to the man who brought Louisiana's rural Cajun cooking to the forefront of American cuisine and kept it there for decades.
Chefs in white coats escorted the casket of celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme (proo-DOHM') into St. Louis Cathedral on Monday.
Dark-suited chefs from his highly successful K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen brought the casket down the aisle to Jackson Square, where a brass band played a dirge.
The Rev. Robert Cooper euologized him as a determined man of faith who didn't let the failure of his first restaurant, a hamburger stand that closed after nine months in 1957, get him down.
The largely self-taught Prudhomme, known for dishes including blackened redfish, died Thursday after a brief illness.