Renowned restaurateur Ella Brennan dies at 92, report says

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Published: May. 31, 2018 at 3:58 PM CDT|Updated: May. 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Ella Brennan, the matriarch of New Orleans' dominant restaurant family who built Commander's Palace into an award-winning establishment renowned for its food and service and for the long list of eminent chefs who trained in the kitchen, died Thursday morning at her Garden District home, according to our partners | The Times Picayune.

She was 92.

After learning of Brennan's passing, Mayor Latoya Cantrell released a statement saying,

"New Orleans has lost one of its true cultural and culinary treasures with the passing of Miss Ella Brennan. For someone who was not a professionally trained chef, Miss Ella appreciated the nuances of authentic New Orleans cuisine and its potential as an economic engine.

New Orleans has been blessed with strong women who have worked around its many kitchens, and Ella Brennan stands out. Her family's restaurants' many awards are embodied in Miss Ella being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2009.

The City of New Orleans' heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Brennan family. We will miss your matriarch and remain grateful for the legacy she's left behind and that lives on through all of you."

Chef Emeril Lagasse took to Twitter to share his condolences calling Brennan a mentor, friend and family.

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