Edgar “Dook” Chase, IV is a proud New Orleans native, and business owner. He is Owner/President of Chase Concessions, LLC, Executive Chef at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, proprietor of Leah’s Kitchen and Dook’s Burgers and a partner in a number of other restaurants in the New Orleans International Airport. Chase holds a Masters of Business Administration, and a formal Culinary degree from Le Condon Bleu Paris, France. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from Dillard University in 2004.
Edgar has been active in the hospitality industry for over 20 years; spending much of that time learning and then managing at his family’s flagship restaurant, Dooky Chase’s in Treme. In 2013, Chase Concessions became a joint venture partner for management and operations of all food and beverage concessions at the New Orleans Airport; concurrently, in January 2016, he opened Dook’s Place, a full service restaurant and bar, in the airport as well. Since that time, Chase and his partners have expanded into the current, New Orleans Airport as well as into the Boston and Nashville markets.
Edgar resides in New Orleans with his wife, Gretchen, daughter, Sidney and son, Edgar “Vito” Chase,V, along with their dog, Roch, and is committed to this community they will be raised in. Chase is active in his community and civically involved in a number for non-profit boards and commissions; is the newly elected Chairman of the Finance Authority of New Orleans; a board member of the CCCI; the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA); a board member of the New Orleans African American Museum, as well as the Audubon Nature Institute.