NEW ORLEANS -- The chef at Dominique became a part of history when he got the chance to serve Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, his first meal after his release from prison.
Before becoming South Africa's first black president, Mandela spent 27 years behind bars, imprisoned for leading an anti-apartheid revolution in what was then a white government-led South Africa.
Mandela ultimately became known throughout the world as a freedom fighter and international hero. Cries for his release from prison granted his release back in 1989.
Chef Dominique Macquet was asked to prepare Mandela’s first meal out of prison when he was under house arrest. He had no idea whose meal he was preparing until it headed to the table where Mandela sat.
“I only found out when the food went to the table, which was an unbelievable moment in my career to see a man who was put in jail for 27 years for a belief that was correct,” Macquet said.
He said Mandela’s first meal was a shrimp louie dish.