One of the country’s most genial and influential chefs, Paul Prudhomme, died yesterday after a short illness. He was 75.
Prudhomme, a Louisiana native and youngest of 13 children, grew up around Cajun cooking and often helped his mom in the kitchen. Southern ingredients, flavors, and the kick of French, Spanish and African spices, brought Prudhomme’s culinary talents to the attention of the world. Over the years he has owned several restaurants including K-Pauls Louisiana Kitchen, written many cookbooks, and launched a line of his own blended spices in 1983.