Women entrepreneurs: Continuing a legacy, creating new opportunities

By last year, Chef Dwynesha “Dee” Lavigne, a lifelong cook, was already a well-established culinary presence in New Orleans. She had worked in the industry for years, owned a pastry business and hosted a periodic cooking segment on WWL-TV. 

Still, she wanted a more permanent place to honor and pass along the city’s culinary traditions, just as a personal hero of hers, Chef Lena Richard, did decades earlier. In the late 1930s, before she became famous as the first Black woman to host a TV cooking show — “Lena Richard’s New Orleans Cook Book,” which aired on WDSU-TV from 1949 to 1950 — Richard operated her own culinary school in the city. 


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