The past year has been difficult for many, but if there’s some good that’s come out of it, it’s the emergence of new voices and talent all around us. Marginalized groups, particularly those of African descent, are at the top of the list. Backed by years of experience, eager to express their culinary points of view and committed to uplifting their communities through nourishment and economic empowerment, Black food and beverage professionals are ready for their time in the spotlight.
The following culinary powerhouses run the gamut. They’re craft beer enthusiasts and innovative vegan chefs. They’re activists determined to end food insecurity and alcohol addiction. And they’re savvy, business-minded collectives elevating Black-owned restaurants through as many platforms as possible.
Get to know the 15 Black trailblazers who are changing the way we eat and drink in 2021—and give them a follow to show your support and keep up with their latest initiatives.