The OOLA editors rounded up a list of inspiring BIPOC chefs and food bloggers along with their recipes to highlight their contributions to the culinary world. We hope it inspires you to try a great new recipe.

Carla Hall

Carla Hall first became popular with audiences nationwide when she participated in Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. Since then she’s been a regular contributor to Good Morning America and co-hosted the Emmy award-winning series on ABC, The Chew.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Carla grew up surrounded by soul food. In her cookbook Everyday Soul Foods she shows readers that “soul food is more than barbecue and mac and cheese.” Everyday Soul Foods is full of mouthwatering seasonal dishes, and plenty of delicious veggies.

Recipe: Buttermilk Soft-Serve Ice Cream

Marcus Samuelsson

Ethiopian born and Swedish raised, chef Marcus Samuelsson’s culinary expertise is both diverse and award-winning. Samuelsson first made a name for himself in the food world at NYC’s Aquavit, where at just 23 he was the youngest chef to receive three stars from the NYT.

From Ethiopian food to gaining Harlem’s respect more about Marcus, his life, and his recipes can be found here.

Recipe: Lionfish Tacos

Halie Thomas

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#AuthorInTheMaking????????? ( a series!): I’ve got some bittersweet news to share....my book release date has been pushed back to JULY 28th vs. May 5th :/ ? I got this news the day after my first physical copy of Living Lively arrived. The pure joy and excitement I felt from the day before transformed into an odd feeling. Hopeful that everything is playing out as it should, but somber. After this news hit, all my motivation and creativity seemed to dissipate. I was frustrated with my reaction at first...but in a way, I think I’ve been mourning a lot of what I thought this year would be like. I’ve tried to keep a good attitude about all of these changes, but it’s harmful to shut off what is real. I am, of course, incredibly excited for what I’ve worked so hard on to be shared soon, but to be honest, I haven’t been able to regain full excitement just yet. I’m so afraid more things will change. I don’t want to be disappointed again. I’ve felt guilty for having these feelings. Obviously, the well-being of us all is more important than any plans we had...but does that mean our mourning isn’t valid? No. ? ? Yes, it’s important to go with the flow and trust the process...but it’s also important to acknowledge the feelings that are hard to face and mourn what you thought this year was supposed to be. Every night before I go to bed, I have tears in my eyes as I fall asleep to visions of past travels and moments that I miss so dearly...or what could’ve been. Adjusting to this new reality is deeply strange and going through the motions is sometimes the most healing thing we can do. So, YES. We can feel grateful but also sad. We can feel hopeful but anxious. We can be disappointed and feel blessed to be home while so many put their lives on the line to ensure our wellbeing. We can and should feel it all...no matter what combination. I understand and see you if you feel conflicting emotions ????? ? In regards to the book, it has lifted my spirits tremendously to see y’all pre ordering and supporting this labor of love during such intense times. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ???? if you pre-ordered, your copy of Living Lively will arrive 7/28 (8/6 UK)

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When Halie Thomas was just 12-years-old she served her culinary creations to Michelle Obama and started her own non-profit HAPPY that promotes youth empowerment through holistic education. Now at age 19, the wellness and compassion activist, vegan food, and lifestyle content creator is about to release her first cookbook, Living Lively, of over 80 plant-based recipes.

Recipe: Risotto Stuffed Sweet Potato Boats

Jerrelle Guy

Jerelle is an award-winning author, food stylist, food photographer, and recipe developer. Her first cookbook Black Girl Baking was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award in the baking category. She shares more on her blog - Chocolate For Basil.

Recipe: Raw Raspberry Almond Mousse Cake

Jenné Claiborne

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Hey! Looks like I have a few new followers here (over 25k since Friday ????). Glad to make your acquaintance. I have to admit, being in the food world isn’t easy for a black girl like me. I’ve been food blogging on sweetpotatosoul.com since 2010, and I’ve watched so many white bloggers sprint ahead of me ???? Since 2010 I have run a successful private chef company in NYC, grown a popular YouTube channel (557k followers), published a beautiful #vegansoulfood cookbook (also called Sweet Potato Soul), turned this blog into a 6 figure business, been featured in mainstream publications like @nytimes @essence @todayshow , AND had a baby ???????? And along the way I’ve heard so many of your stories sharing how my recipes or videos helped you become vegan. Or how my blog or business inspired you to start your own. Those stories of empowerment and health are what drive me to keep creating even when I feel discouraged. When I discovered this lifestyle called veganism 10 years ago, I couldn’t have imagined how it would transform and give meaning to my life ???? Thank you for joining me for the ride! If you haven’t already purchased my cookbook, do it (link in my bio). It’s a great intro to my recipes and philosophy. Also, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, Sweet Potato Soul, and watch my videos! Visit my blog sweetpotatosoul.com for even more recipes! If you are a non-black person trying to follow more black creators, that’s awesome. Please engage with our content if you enjoy it, don’t just be silent followers. LIKE our posts, BUY our books/creations, and SHARE with your friends! #amplifymelanatedvoices #sweetpotatosoul https://amzn.to/2JRUVYv

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Jenné is from Georgia, but living in LA. She discovered healthy eating in college, and after finding herself happier, with more energy and glowing skin– she hasn't looked back since. Her very first cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul is now out and is an incredible resource for vegan cooking. She also shares delicious and easy-to-make vegan recipes on her blog.

Recipe: Mezcal Watermelon Margarita

Diala Canelo

Diala is a food and travel blogger whose healthy, vegetable forward recipes are inspired by her international travels. Pre-order her cookbook here, set to release on August 4th, 2020. In the meantime check out her gorgeous food photography and get your next recipe inspiration on her site, Diala's Kitchen.

Recipe: The Best Pizza Recipe

Zainab Storms

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Phew, what a week. So much to process but there's a lot of hope that difficult conversations and actions will follow. We have a lot of new faces around here and I'd like to take some time to welcome you all and introduce myself. ???????? Welcome to A Classic Twist! . Here’s a little bit about me: I'm Zainab, a mom to two and a Ph.D. Scientist working in the biopharma industry and living in Maryland. . . Born and raised in Sierra Leone ????????, baking memories were not part of my upbringing even though food is heavily intertwined in our culture. I started teaching myself how to bake in graduate school so that my future kids would have passed down recipes and memories like the ones my husband cherishes from his childhood. I fell in love with baking and learning new techniques. That lead to starting a blog to chronicle my experiences and the rest is history as they say. Almost 8 years later, I continue to share recipes that are inspired by my tropical ???? background and what's in season. . . Here’s what you will find here: everyday classic recipes with bold twists and flavors. I try to share a slice of my life on Stories but I’m never consistent ??????????? . . I am glad you found me! While following along is a great first step to diversify your feed, here are some concrete nexts steps to continue supporting our platforms (not just mine). . - Check out my website. You can find all my recipes there. While you are there, make a recipe or two and come back to let us know if you enjoyed it. https://aclassictwist.com/ . - Please engage with my content here on IG. Comment, ask questions, engage and make requests for recipes that can serve you. . - If you make any of my recipes, please take a picture and tag me. I love seeing what you make! .. Thank you for following along. I look forward to engaging with you on this platform! #aclassictwist [email protected]

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Zainab is the woman behind A Classic Twist blog, a site dedicated to "sharing everyday classic recipes with bold twists and flavors." Her cooking and baking career started as a way to de-stress while attending grad school for her P.h.D. in neuroscience, and has developed into an online destination for readers to discover new recipes and learn new techniques. Discover helpful how-tos and find more recipes from Zainab on her blog.

Recipe: Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Scotty Scott

Scotty Scott is the chef behind Cook Drank Eat. His love of cooking started in childhood, as he describes some of his first memories “watching my mother in the kitchen and my father on the grill.” Scott picked up cooking more seriously after college, hosting dinner parties and sharing his passion on social media. Click over to his instagram to check out some absolutely stunning food photography and read through his site for some more recipe inspiration.

Recipe: Chai Tea Pancakes

Jocelyn Delk Adams

Jocelyn is the woman behind Grandbaby Cakes, a brand inspired by classic recipes from her southern grandmother which she shares on her site. Her cooking has been featured on the Food Network, Good Morning America, the Cooking Channel and Today– just to name a few! See more recipes from Jocelyn here.

Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

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