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Paul Prudhomme Dead At 75: Guy Fieri & More Mourn Legendary Chef

Fri, October 9, 2015 1:11pm EDT by 3 Comments

So sad. Paul Prudhomme, a chef from Louisiana who helped to put Creole food on the map, has died at the age of 75 after a brief battle with an undisclosed illness. See messages from Guy Fieri and more who have tweeted while grieving the Cajun Cook.

Sad news out of New Orleans — southern chef Paul Prudhomme has passed away at 75 years old. He briefly battled illness before passing away on Oct. 8, and many have taken to Twitter to mourn the loss to the cooking community.

Few details surrounding Paul’s death have been announced, but his restaurant, K-Paul’s, confirmed on Oct. 8 that the chef had battled an illness and passed away in New Orleans. Paul had no kids, and his second wife, Kay, sadly passed away in 1993 after a 7-year battle with lung cancer.

Paul was known for his Louisiana-style, flavorful cooking, and had a big hand putting Cajun and Creole cuisines on the map. “He was also the one who started the American food revolution that flourishes today,” “Louisiana Eats!” radio show host said.

Aside from owning several restaurants, Paul wrote many cookbooks and hosted five seasons of cooking shows for New Orleans’ PBS affiliate WYES-TV. He’s also released a bunch of products called Chef Paul Prudhomme Magic Seasoning Blends, and has been injected into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

“We lost one of the bests today,” Guy Fieri, hosts of Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins, wrote on Twitter after learning of the sad news. Check out some more social media reactions to Paul’s passing here, and make sure to have some Cajun cuisine in his honor:

HollywoodLifers, leave your condolences for Paul’s friends and family in the comments section below.

— Alyssa Norwin