We’d like to take a moment to remember the legendary Chef Phila Hach, the “Grande Dame of Southern cooking”, who sadly passed away earlier this month at the grand age of 89.
She hosted the first television cooking show in the South and went on to become a cookbook author, restaurateur, innkeeper and catering chef to politicians & military flights.
In addition to being a friend, we had the opportunity to interview her as our Featured Chef. You can read that story here. Or, take a peek into Phila’s inspiring life in this beautiful video by Southern Foodways Alliance on NPR.
We’ll miss our dear friend, Phila.
– Beth, Craig and Matt Nielsen
3rd-generation family owners of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
Photo of a 2008 chef dinner in Phila Hach’s honor. From left to right: (second row) Joseph Settepani of Pasticceria Bruno, Matt Nielsen, Scott Ewing of the International Sugar Art Collection, Chef Anil Rohira of Felchlin – World’s best chocolate, Biagio Settepani of Pasticceria Bruno, two unidentified chefs, En-Ming Hsu of The French Pastry School, Ashley Brauze of Boutique & cafe, Chef Nicholas Lodge behind Ashley, Ebow Dadzie of New York Marriott Marquis. (front row) Robert Ellinger, Franz Ziegler, Phila Hach, unidentified chef, Ewald Notter and Beth Nielsen.