Enjoy this recent piece published on First We Feast. A note: Why no Edna Lewis? Edna was better known for her cookbooks, recipes and philosophical gifts. She did stints as a chef, but that was ultimately not her true claim to fame and she left the kitchen often in her life to pursue other endeavors. I have written quite a bit about Edna Lewis and celebrate her legacy every single day, but as a day to day chef, I believe these individuals are better placed in this particular list.