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These chefs are looking to fix the diversity problem in America’s restaurant industry

By Christie Rotondo,

Most of us can name five executive chefs. Honestly, most of us can probably name 10. But what about an African American executive chef? Did you say Marcus Samuelsson? Okay, name another.


It’s not a trick question. Because while chefs across the country have been pushed into celebrity (if not rock star) status thanks to Netflix documentaries and Food Network competitions, they all share one thing in common: They are predominantly white.

So, where are all the black chefs?

That’s the question that Soul Food Sessions, a Charlotte based non-profit, was founded on just last year. Today, it’s the driving factor behind their mission: to not only increase visibility for minority chefs, but to provide a network for young people of color to break into the culinary world.


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