EBONY Magazine Recognizes Top Black Chefs with The 2nd Annual “Taste of EBONY” Event in Chicago

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EBONY Magazine presents the second-annual Taste of EBONY next week, a premiere culinary extravaganza featuring leading African American chefs, restaurant and food industry experts from across the country.

The Taste of EBONY celebrates the unheralded contributions Blacks have made to the world of culinary arts. It further serves as a catalyst for people of color, particularly a younger generation, to view the many facets of the food industry as a viable path toward pursuing prestigious careers.

From Chicago to Los Angeles to New York and beyond, 20 food industry experts will offer a diverse array of culinary creations. Participating alongside the best of the best, celebrity chefs from TV One, The Food Network, Discovery Home, and Bravo’s Top Chef will offer a wide variety of dishes.

“The Taste of EBONY shines the light on the immeasurable contributions of leading Black chefs from around the globe,” said Linda Johnson Rice, President and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company. “African-American chefs and restaurateurs have established a solid history in the food and wine industries, and EBONY will provide the necessary platform to showcase a vast amount of incredible talent.”

The evening entails a culinary show and tasting hosted by Bill Bellamy of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and TV One’s Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes. Bellamy will intertwine his comedic talent with the culinary cast and attendees throughout the evening during this special segment.

Co-Chairs Marcus Samuelsson, celebrity and executive chef/TV host and owner, Aquavit, New York, G. Garvin, executive chef/TV Host, Turn Up the Heat – TV One, Los Angeles; and Jeff Henderson, NY Times best seller/executive chef, Las Vegas will present the Culinary Show.  Charlotte Lyons, EBONY Magazine Food Editor and Author of The New EBONY Cookbook is the event’s culinary director.


Other Taste of EBONY featured participants include:
Leon Baker, pastry chef, Farrah Olivia Restaurant, Alexandria, VA; Warren Brown, Food Network host of Sugar Rush and owner, CakeLove and Love Café, Washington D.C. and Silver Spring, MD; Sterling Burpee, chief culinary officer, Culinary Training Academy, Las Vegas; Jacqueline Cholmondeley, executive chef, Always Accolades Catering, New York; Timothy Dean, executive chef/owner, Timothy Dean Bistro, Baltimore; Brian Duncan, wine enthusiast/co-owner, Bin 36, Chicago; Robert Gadsby, executive chef/owner, Bedford Star Group, Houston; Steven McAfee, executive chef, Parrot Cage, Chicago; Andre Mack, corporate sommelier, The Fireman Hospitality Group, New York; Morou Ouattara, executive chef/owner, Farrah Olivia Restaurant, Alexandria, VA; Darryl Petty, owner, Blu 47, Chicago; Cliff Rome, Chef, Parkway Ballroom, Chicago; Connie Rousseau, executive chef, Connie Cooks, Fort Lee, NJ; Allan Vernon, owner, Vernon’s Jerk Paradise, New York; Tre Wilcox, executive chef, Bravo TV’s Top Chef contestant, Cuisine of Abacus restaurant, Dallas; Melba Wilson, owner/proprietor, Melba’s Restaurant, New York and Marvin Woods, executive chef/TV host, Home Plate, Atlanta.

The Taste of EBONY is sponsored by: EBONY, Anheuser-Busch, Chrysler, TV One, RR Donnelley, American Airlines, Viking, American Express and Swanson.

EBONY magazine, the No. 1 magazine for African-Americans, is published monthly and reaches over 12 million readers with each issue. Published by Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., the largest Black-owned publishing company in the world, EBONY was founded in 1942 by the late Publisher and Chairman John H. Johnson.  Linda Johnson Rice is President and CEO, and Eunice W. Johnson serves as the company’s secretary and treasurer.

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