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 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
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
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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