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Aug 16, 2011 10:29 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Natchez woman is chef on American Queen

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - As a steamboat company prepares to return the American Queen riverboat to work on the Mississippi River, a Natchez woman is preparing to serve as it's chef.
Regina Charboneau says she hopes the Queen makes 25 to 30 stops a year in her home town, bringing more than 460 passengers and a full crew to Natchez.
The American Queen, which is owned by The Great American Steamboat Company and docked in Memphis, has been out of commission for the past few years after being built in 1995. Charboneau told The Natchez Democrat that she had hoped it would have its home port in Natchez, but now she'll be happy just to have it visit.
The boat is expected to resume cruises next spring.

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