Profiles

Meet 13 inspiring individuals who are using food to improve lives and make an impact.

These African American chefs, activists and food experts are creating healthier communities and changing perceptions of healthy eating. They have fed presidents. They have raised crops – and awareness. They have helped preserve African American heritage cooking. They are making our world more flavorful, one ingredient at a time.

Dr. Jessica B. Harris

Dr. Jessica B. Harris
Journalist, Lecturer, Professor & Expert on Food and Foodways of the African Diaspora
Brooklyn, New York
africooks.com

Alex Askew

Alex Askew
President, BCAGlobal (formerly Black Culinarian Alliance)
New York, New York
bcaglobal.org

Tia Berry

Tia Berry
Manager, American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart® Kitchen
Baltimore, Maryland
heart.org/baltimorekitchen

Toni Tipton-Martin

Toni Tipton-Martin
Food and Nutrition Journalist, Author, Community Activist
Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado
tonitiptonmartin.com

Matthew Raiford

Matthew Raiford
CheFarmer, Gilliard Farms; The Farmer & The Larder
Brunswick, Georgia
farmerandlarder.com

Rodney K. Taylor

Rodney K. Taylor
Director of Food and Nutrition Services Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax, Virginia
fcps.edu/fs/food/index.shtml

Leah Chase

Leah Chase
Chef, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant; Philanthropist; “Queen of Creole Cuisine”
New Orleans, Louisiana
dookychaserestaurant.com

James “Chef JR” Robinson

James “Chef JR” Robinson
Celebrity Chef; Owner of KitchenCray
New York, New York
kitchencray.com

Elle Simone Scott

Elle Simone Scott
Food Stylist, Culinary Producer, Founder of SheChef
Brooklyn, New York
shechef.org

Haile Thomas

Haile Thomas
Youth Health Advocate, Motivational Speaker, Jr. Chef Founder and Executive Director, The HAPPY Organization, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona
thehappyorg.org

Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry
Author, Educator and Food Justice Advocate Chef-in-Residence, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
Oakland, California
bryant-terry.com

Kashia Cave

Kashia Cave
Founder and Chef, My City Kitchen, Inc.
Meriden, Connecticut
mycitykitchen.org

Maxcel Hardy III

Maxcel Hardy III
Private Chef; Entrepreneur – Chef Max Miami catering company Chef Max Designs – Chef Coats; Philanthropist; Founder, One Chef Can 86 Hunger Foundation; Author
Miami, Florida; and New York, New York
chefmaxhardy.com

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