Austin Leslie



Age: 71


Summary: New Orleans chef whose Chez Helene soul food restaurant inspired the TV show Frank's Place in the 1980's, who was well known in New Orleans with his trademark white ship captain's hat, for his restaurant hideaway that drew people from around the city for Leslie's fried chicken, stuffed peppers, gumbo, and a variety of seafood dishes, but who had to close the restaurant in 1994.



Cause of Death: Heart attack while hospitalized with pneumonia during evacuation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina


Born: July 2, 1934


Died: September 29, 2005


Location: Atlanta, Georgia