Noted chef dies in plane crash

The Prince George Citizen - - A & E -

HEN­DER­SON, La. — A prom­i­nent Louisiana chef killed in a Cal­i­for­nia plane crash dur­ing a hunt­ing trip is be­ing re­mem­bered by friends and fam­ily in his lo­cal com­mu­nity as an am­bas­sador of Ca­jun cul­ture.

Li­onel Robin’s legacy in­cludes his craw­fish etouf­fee be­ing fea­tured on the Food Net­work and serv­ing as Tabasco hot sauce’s of­fi­cial hos­pi­tal­ity chef.

Robin, 70, was one of two men killed Mon­day when a small plane crashed into a pond in a ru­ral area of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Co­lusa County. The county sher­iff’s of­fice said deputies found the bod­ies of Robin and his friend, 66-year-old Jef­frey Web­ber of Healds­burg, Calif., among the wreck­age. The of­fice said a dog that had also been on the plane was se­ri­ously in­jured.

The plane crashed roughly 110 kilo­me­tres north­west of Sacramento, and the cause is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by county and fed­eral of­fi­cials.

Hen­der­son, La., Mayor Sherbin Col­lette tells news out­lets his friend was a phe­nom­e­nal chef and a pas­sion­ate hunter.

“The Robin name will never die in the town of Hen­der­son,” Col­lette said. “I can prom­ise you that.”

Robin owned and op­er­ated Robin’s Restau­rant in Hen­der­son for about four decades. The Ce­cilia na­tive more re­cently shared his culi­nary ex­per­tise with an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence through Tabasco, the Avery Is­land-based pep­per sauce.

Robin’s etouf­fee was fea­tured in a 2011 episode of Food Net­work’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. He told The Daily Ad­ver­tiser then that “(It’s) not only a com­pli­ment to me but the whole area we live in as well.” He also canned the dish and dis­trib­uted it across the coun­try.

“There’s not many peo­ple who could sell craw­fish etouf­fee in a can and it be de­li­cious, but he did just that,” Dona Richard of the St. Martin Parish Tourist Com­mis­sion said.

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