I recently came across an old article asking where all the Black Chefs are. I was curious to find out for myself, so I did some research, and it wasn’t hard to find out that there are many amazing Black chefs all over the world.
Here’s a list of some that are making an impressive mark on the culinary world.
Tiffany Derry is an American chef based in Dallas, Texas. She is well known for her appearances on Top Chef and Spike TV’s “Hungry Investors.”
Benny Masekwameng is a South African chef and television personality best known as a judge on the M-Net reality competition cooking series MasterChef South Africa.
Joseph ‘JJ’ Johnson is an award-winning chef at The Cecil and Minton’s in Harlem.
Chef Jernard of Atlanta, was the Runner-up on Season 12 of “Food Network Star.”
Chef Tunde Wey uses the food of his native Nigeria to start conversations about America and race.
Jamila Crawford Pécou is a celebrated vegan chef with over 15 years of experience. Vegans and non-vegans alike enjoy her unique and delicious twist on healthy eating.
Chef Marvin Woods is recognized for his take on food rooted in northern Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the United States Low Country.
Nina Compton is a St. Lucia native trained in the French tradition at the Culinary Institute of America. She’s the owner and executive chef of Compère Lapin in New Orleans.
Bryant Terry is a vegan eco-chef, food justice activist, and author. He offers recipes that leave out heavy salt and refined sugar, “bad” fats, and unhealthy cooking techniques, and leave in the down-home flavor.
Chef David Destinoble promotes the natural beauty of Haitian cuisine shows the youth of Haiti that a career as a chef is obtainable.
With diverse style of cooking, Chef Sam has no limitations in the kitchen. From Caribbean, American and , Italian cuisine; just to name a few.
Chef OPhus is a US Navy veteran who has worked in some of the best restaurants in South Carolina, New Orleans, Atlanta and around Miami.
Chef Tonia Renae has 20 years experience in the restaurant industry with 15 years as a professional chef. She is also the owner, creator, and chef behind Supper Club.
Senior sous chef at Nairobi Safari Club, Chef Joseph Maina of Kenya is best known for his steaks. He won first place in the International Category of the first ever Supreme Chefs 254 Challenge.
Chef Krystal provides a wide selection of delicious vegan meal options inspired from cuisines throughout the world. Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, Indian, and American cuisines and more.
Chef Nina Gross is a 10-year veteran. with the ability to take your wildest dreams about food and make them come to life.
Chef Andre Fowles won the 2016 Food Network show “Chopped”. He loves sharing his modern take on Jamaican food on an international stage.
Chef Anthony Smith is an award winning pastry chef. He is also Professor of Baking, Pastry, Confectionary Arts and Chocolate classes for the City University of New York.
Lorraine Pascale is a UK based former model turned baker, author and TV personality.
Rougui Dia is one of the few female chef’s in France who officiates in a restaurant of French gastronomy and Russian tradition.
Café Dapper by Chef Loïc Dablé is located a stone’s throw from Champs Elysées. Dablé has been called the creator of “Afrofusion” – an ingenious mix of African and Western flavors. Loic Dable is a Parisian whose family comes from the Ivory Coast.
Rob Rainford is a Canadian chef, author of Rob Rainford’s Born to Grill and former host of License to Grill on Food Network Canada.
Pierre Thiam is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and owner of Pierre Thiam Catering.
Chef Roze Traore, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, is an internationally renowned chef that has traveled the world – cooking exclusively for celebrities, athletes and world leaders at private events.
Siba Mtongana is a South African celebrity chef known as the host of the Food Network show Siba’s Table. She is currently a judge on Chopped South Africa.
Chef Fafa is a creative African chef who fuses both African, Western and Asian ingredients together to create her own unique recipes.
Morou Ouattara is an executive chef and owner of the Kora and Farrah Olivia restaurants in Arlington, VA.
Chef Rawlston Williams offers an elevated, forward-thinking take on Caribbean classics, a unique approach influenced by the chef’s worldly background.
Carla Hall is an American chef, television personality and former model. She was a finalist in the fifth and eighth seasons of Top Chef.
Tanya Holland is an African-American professional chef, cookbook author, and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen.
Chef Roshara Sanders spent three years at the Culinary Institute of America. In 2015, she competed on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” where she won the $10,000 prize and donated all of her winnings to No Kid Hungry.
Chef Alexander Smalls is the visionary of the award-winning restaurant The Cecil and its sister restaurant Minton’s, serving as its co-owner and Executive Chef.
Nyesha Arrington is is an ardent believer in using farm fresh, locally sourced ingredients and not afraid to bring in product from around the world to draw global inspiration when creating her works of art.
Marcus Samuelsson is an Ethiopian-born, chef and restaurateur. He is the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, New York.
Pastry Chef Mame Sow draws her inspiration from seasonal ingredients, spices, colors and the juxtaposition of the sweet and the savory.
Chef Jeff Henderson is an award-winning chef, bestselling author and popular public speaker — and an ex-offender, having served nearly a decade in prison for drugs.
Chef Maxcel Hardy’s clients have included award-winning Hip Hop and R&B artists, actors, professional athletes and dignitaries like the Prince of Dubai and Prime Minister of Turks and Caicos.
Jerome Grant is the executive chef of Sweet Home Cafe, located in DC’s new African American History and Culture Museum.
Chef Roble has provided his services to some of today’s most notable individuals. He is the owner of Roblé & Co. A boutique Brooklyn catering company.
-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson aka @thebusyafrican