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10 Black Chefs That Are Changing The Food World As We Know It


The Huffington Post | by Jessica Dickerson

Posted: 03/28/2014 2:58 pm EDT Updated: 03/28/2014 6:59 pm EDT


The "talented black cook" stereotype is a stale one -- leftover from a long history of slavery and servitude in white kitchens -- and tightly bound to the notion of "black food."

So let’s set the record straight. Blacks can cook. And preparation and serving is not the only black contribution to food culture. In fact, the tantalizing world of black chefs is a sweet and salty medley of kitchen savvy educators, restaurateurs, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, authors, activists and celebrity personalities. There’s a new generation of black foodies in town, and they’re breaking down barriers like butchers breaking bones.

You’ve probably heard of Marcus Samuelsson, but here are thirteen other chefs you may not know but definitely should -- big names in the game that help shape the ever-evolving culinary world.

Some food for thought; it’s actually a good thing we can say that many amazing chefs didn’t make it on to this list because not so long ago it would have been difficult to name a plethora of black chefs in the public eye. Thanks to fearless culinary geniuses like those listed below, this is no longer the case.

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Haile Thomas
It’s hard not to be intimidated by Chef Thomas who has, at the of 12, accomplished more than some people do in a lifetime. She’s cooked an original recipe for first lady Michelle Obama at a White House Kid’s Lunchtime State Dinner where, naturally, Thomas' was named Best Kids Dish of the Year. She’s given a TEDxKids talk about the importance of food and health and founded her own non-profit called The Happy Organization that offers classes to children on how to cook and garden as well as offering a leadership program. But that’s not all, Chef Thomas has also appeared on Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri’s "Kids Cook-Off" television show, hosts her own web series. Oh and did we mention her Healthy Girl Adventures Club? You can even follow her on twitter! It goes without saying, this young lady is someone to lookout for, because if she keeps up this pace the sky’s the limit for what she can do.




Jeff Henderson
Chef Henderson’s journey to the kitchen is unlike any other. He realized his calling for cooking while serving a 10-year prison sentence on drug charges. From a penitentiary kitchen to one that belongs to his culinary world persona, Cheff Jeff has proved himself to be a remarkably talented businessman. Today the inspiring figure owns a catering, publishing, and consulting company. He’s written books, hosted shows, and even shared his story with Oprah. There is a lesson to be learned from Henderson's transformation -- especially for young people : "I use my story to convince at-risk people that they have the gift, traits, ability to create their own business," Henderson said. "I tell kids I'm still a homeboy, I'm still a hustler -- I just changed the products and the terminology."

B. SmithBarbara Smith’s motto, "whatever you do, do it with style" is fitting. She built her culinary empire without any professional training, yet has expanded her influence in the culinary world across multi-media platforms and manifestations in several different, related industries. B. Smith’s culinary career boasts a variety of impressive projects including “The B. Smith" and "Thank You Dan Show” alongside her husband on SiriusXM Radio, serving as a culinary resource for the State Department (National Chefs Corps), various TV commercials and product endorsements, gracing the covers of magazines (such as Mademoiselle whose color barrier she broke in 1976), her hit NBC show “B. Smith with Style,” and even her own home collection with Bed Bath & Beyond. Chef Smith is, among other things, a celebrated restaurateur, author, model, TV personality, spokesperson, and culinary ambassador. You can also add patriot to that list, since her partnership with Rady Pac that aims to bring culturally diverse food to service men and women in the Armed Forces. Barbara Smith is truly, the whole package.

Bryant Terry
The man is as much a food justice activist as he is a chef. Bryant Terry categorically defies the "black people only eat soul food" stereotype with his Afro-vegan cookbooks -- of which he’s written four -- not to mention his web series Urban Organic. He graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City, but he also has a masters degree in American History from NYU. It’s no surprise that a Food and Social Policy Fellows Program participant would become a concerned and conscious chef. The social context of Chef Bryant’s position in society and the world does not go unnoticed by the great talent, nor does he waste his influence hiding in a kitchen. World-renowned chef Alice Waters once aptly said, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.” He is, essentially, an eco-friendly culinary superhero.

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