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Why Are There Few Prominent Black Chefs in New Orleans?

by  CN Team on May 04, 2017
Why Are There Few Prominent Black Chefs in New Orleans?

Tunde Wey, a Nigerian born chef and writer, learned about American blackness during the 15 years he lived in Detroit, the country's largest majority-black city.

"But I had to come to New Orleans to begin my second education around race," Wey said. "There is something about black identity in New Orleans that inspired the work I'm doing."

Wey struggles to pinpoint exactly what that "something" is. What he knows is that New Orleans food incites questions about race, access, wealth and cultural ownership that will fester if they're ignored. These are topics Wey tackles in his ongoing "Blackness in America" dinner series he launched in 2015, shortly after the closing of Lagos, his short-lived Nigerian food stall in the St. Roch Market.

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