Where Are All the African-American Chefs?

Samuelsson. Photo: Patrick McMullan

“It’s not ‘for the most part’ that I’ve been the only black face. It’s for the only part … When African-Americans had the chance to send kids to college, the first thing they said was, ‘You aren’t going to be cooking, cleaning or serving. You’re going to be lawyers, doctors.’ Cooking has a stigma in the black community it doesn’t have other places. That’s one answer. Another is black people have always cooked but have never been acknowledged.” — Marcus Samuelsson (among others) tackles the issue of why there aren’t more black chefs in America’s restaurants. [Chicago Tribune, Related]