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Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun chef who popularized Louisiana food such as gumbo and jambalaya through his K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans, as well as a line of spices and rubs and a selection of cookbooks, has passed away after what is termed "a brief illness." He was 75.
KC's View:
I've spent much of the last 30+ years traveling around the country working on stories, which has given me the great opportunity to try some wonderful restaurants and eat some amazing food. And for me, a dinner many years ago at K-Paul's is right up on the list of most memorable ... and I've always felt like I am in his debt for launching a national Cajun-Creole craze that has informed the way I like to eat and cook. He wasn't alone ... but he was there at the beginning, and the national cuisine is the better for it.