Only one way to find out...FDB gumbo cookoff--blind taste test.
We would have to have non-okra gumbo and okra abomination categories.
Anyone bringing tomatoes to either would be instantly disqualified.
Gris would probably win.
Then, the okra and the non-okra crowd would get too close to each other and the fistfight would start.
Too much drama.
I was on another forum where bay leaves, yes or no, was the gumbo battleground.
A roux is a necessity for gumbo. Bay leaves do not belong in gumbo