If you aren’t already familiar with TasteTalks make yourself familiar. It’s an amazing food site with tons of content that encompasses all of what the food world has to offer, from signature foods to weird foods from culinary masters to up and coming chefs to recipes and articles with cultural and historical context. They had their first TasteTalks awards at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and I was blessed to receive their first Culinary Pioneer Award! The incomparable Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens and Soooo Many White Guys interviewed me on stage and we had a blast.
Taste Talks Culinary Pioneer Award
The Taste Talks Culinary Pioneer Award honors an up and coming leader in the food world — someone that embodies the Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards values of culture, diversity and innovation.
2016 CULINARY PIONEER AWARD RECIPIENT
Michael Twitty is a culinary historian, historic interpreter, and food writer who aims to discover and bring to life the foods of his ancestors–enslaved African Americans in colonial and antebellum America. Michael’s research and interests also range into the wider African Diaspora, continental African food traditions, Jewish foodways, and heirloom and heritage breed foods and wild edible resources. As a growing champion of local eating in both the African American and Jewish communities, he actively reaches out to help all generations share the traditional knowledge that weaves beautifully with the the sustainable, eco-friendly principles of the locovore movement. Through writing, teaching, and cooking, he dreams of sitting all of us down at the “welcome table.”
I am ever ever ever so grateful
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So proud of you Michael! Mazel Tov!
Dear Michael Twitty, Congratulations for a deserved recognition! I have a serious BBQ question – best email/facebook way to send to you? Keep on teaching us.