Dorian Hunter Becomes the First Black Woman to Win the Masterchef Competition

Nick DiGiovanni in the finale. While it wasn’t a surprise that Dorian won after a Facebook post leaked before her win, it was still a thrilling finale to a rollercoaster of a season. The Cartersville, Georgia, native won $250,000 for a three course menu including seared sea scallops with a corn-forward profile using cornmeal, corn puree and pickled Swiss chard,...

Top Chef Finalist Eric Adjepong Is Bringing Jollof Rice to the Masses

Chef Eric Adjepong has been busy since leaving as one of the most memorable Top Chef finalists. Adjepong’s demand is high in the culinary world, but for a long time the average person could not taste his food. In a partnership with Territory Foods, Adjepong sold chicken jollof rice to D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco and Los Angeles for a...

Meet the Freelance Chef Whose 24-inch Biceps Went Viral Cooking at the White House

Andre Rush, Army veteran and freelance chef for the White House, took the internet by storm in 2018 when his 24-inch arms went viral. Since then, he’s become a meme, and said “It’s hilarious. I get a kick out of them.” If you are wondering whether chef Rush used any performance-enhancing drugs to achieve his results, he stressed that he...

Lakeith Stanfield to Play Top Chef’s Season 13 Contestant Kwame Onwuachi in “Notes From a Young Black Chef”

Season 13 Top Chefcontestant, Kwame Onwuachi’s 2019 memoir ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ will be adapted as a movie featuring Lakeith Stanfield, of Atlanta and Sorry to Bother YouFame. The James Beard Award Winning chef’s adaptation, written with journalist Joshua David Stein, will follow Onwuachi’s journey exploring the entirety of his life working his way through the white, elitist...

7 Groundbreaking Chefs Breaking The Weed Stigma With Cannabis Cuisine

Originally published on Kulturehub. Republished with their permission. With the legalization of marijuana becoming more and more popular across the country, there is a race to make a splash in weed based product industry. A race to make the best cannabis cuisine. The pairing of weed and food has come a long way.  It’s gone from stoners mixing THC oil into...

Spring 2019 Culinary Awards Events Recap

Three significant culinary award events happened during Spring 2019, and African heritage people fared well. Here's a rundown of the winners at each event. The James Beard Foundation Book Awards, New York City, NY--April 26, 2019 American Cookbook Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day, Chef JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls (with Veronica Chambers) (Flatiron Books). Cookbook Hall...

Kwame Onwuachi & Bryan Furman Selected For Food & Wine’s 2019 Class of Best New Chefs

Being recognized on this list has historically been a launch pad to recognition and business success for many chefs. Past recipients included famous chefs like David Chang and Tom Colicchio of Top Chef Fame. This year Food & Wine selected two established black culinary superstars who have been excelling for years in two different shades of our culinary foodways. Congratulations...

Marddy’s: How a Shared Kitchen and Marketplace is Preserving West Atlanta Culture and Helping Local Chefs Thrive

 Located in the west side of Atlanta, Georgia, is Marddy’s, a shared kitchen and marketplace that’s supporting small businesses in the neighborhood. Short for “Market Buddies,” Marddy’s is a licensed facility that provides a shared space for home cooks to prepare and sell their goods to customers. Participating chefs have access to a commercial...

2019 James Beard Awards Black Nominees (The Oscars of the Culinary World)

Last week the James Beard Foundation announced their 2019 slate of finalists recognizing outstanding achievement by chefs, restaurants, journalists and authors. Not familiar with the Beard Awards? Think of them as the culinary Oscars. Below find a list of black nominees for this year. Note: If we missed somebody please reach out here.   2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards American Between Harlem and...

Food Entrepreneur Chef Ron Freeman is Bringing Healthier Ramen to Prisoners

Ron Freeman, creator of Mama Pat’s Foods is creating healthier ramen options after his incarceration led him to reflect on ramen’s nutritional content and its market value for prisoners. Before Freeman’s arrest and subsequent incarceration due to a drug bust, he ran a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. While feeding nearby patrons in the Gardena neighborhood in southwest Los...