15 Talented Black Chefs & Foodies To Follow

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These foodies and chefs have three things in common: they’re amazingly talented, they have a unique approach to food, and they have gorgeous melanin. From Nicole Taylor’s inventive Cherokee Rose Poundcake, to Murielle Banackissa’s flavorful Beet and Berry Ginger Smoothie Bowl, each food connoisseur shares a piece of themselves through their recipes. Whether they were lawyers or worked on Wall Street in their former lives, somehow food has brought them together.

Although the culinary world may not display the diversity that exists within it, we’re shining a light on these gifted cooks who hold the power to create lasting memories by transforming simple ingredients. When we reflect on some of our fondest memories, great food is often the bridge that connects us. These 15 Talented Black Chefs and Foodies have masterfully infused their experiences into recipes we all can enjoy! —Emerald


  1. Lizabeth says:

    The caption is sometimes too long for the space and there doesn’t seem to be a way to scroll down. I’ve noticed it before on other posts in the past. ?

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      So sorry, I’ll look into that righ tnow.


      1. Grace Bonney says:


        We tested this on all our computers and couldn’t replicate this error.

        Could you tell me which browser (and version) and what computer (or phone) you’re getting this over-run caption error on? We’ll try to troubleshoot for you.


  2. Keshia White says:

    Great list! Meiko and the Dish is a good one to check out too!


  3. Rachel says:

    Great post! I’m a big fan of Mr. Terry’s and thank you for giving me more people to read about! I’m drooling!

  4. keisha says:

    Great post! could we please have a list of 15 Talented White Chefs & Foodies To Follow?

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      I think most lists compiled on the internet are already too focused on white people and their perspective. We have always made sure our main roundups/lists are inclusive (no one is ever only discussed in relation to their race, sexuality, religion, etc.), but we wanted to do an extra focus on Foodies/Chefs of color today in light of the recent “World’s Best” voting, where we noticed that very few chefs of color were getting the attention and recognition they deserved.


      1. Brown girl says:

        How awesome are you! Signed, just a brown girl thanks for this.

  5. Simone says:

    Bryant Terry’s been one of my favorites for a long while, and Brown Sugar in Oakland is incredible! I love this list, and I love the above reasons for creating it. Thanks always to Grace and her team for curating content that is broad, deep, and beautifully inclusive!

  6. Christine says:

    Oh I can’t believe you didn’t include the amazingly talented Edouardo Jordan! He is also a F&W best new chef for 2016. Salare in Seattle is so special http://luckypeach.com/on-being-black-in-the-kitchen-edouardo-jordan/

    1. Therabbitsflower says:

      Thanks for the link! Just read the article and will have to check out Salare.

  7. Eden says:

    I see many familiar faces :) Such a talented group. Our culinary community is so rich in flavour! But our perspectives are often left out of the mainstream conversation.

    That’s part of the reason why I started the site, http://www.blackfoodie.co :) If you’re interested in learning about some more Black Foodies check it out.

  8. Linda jackdon says:

    You left off the amazing Darius “Darius Cooks” Williams.


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