What’s Cooking?: Top Black Celebrity Chefs

June 29, 2011  |  

The culinary arts are almost a forgotten talent in the black community.  But even as some of us struggle to make a decent meal, there are are many who’ve gone from messing around in the kitchen to master chefs.  From traditional southern dishes, to Asian fusion, celebrity chefs have prepared it all, and in some of the most exclusive eateries in the nation.  Here’s our list of top black celebrity chefs who are keeping the competition hot.


G. Gavin

G. Gavin started out as a bus boy in Atlanta’s Vining’s Inn. At age 13 he worked to help his single mother feed the family, which included Garvin’s four sisters.  Bussing tables at the high end establishment sparked his interest. He went on to work at the Ritz-Carlton and study the art of crafting cuisine from some of the best.  His much hailed restaurant, G. Garvin’s in Los Angeles, opened the door to other opportunities, including his own cooking show on the network TV One.  Garvin’s superior recipes for the everyman, has lead to a fan following and provided content for his books including, Turn up the Heat with G.Garvin.

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  • shyla

    I was hoping to see more women on this list.

  • Ronald A Mitchell

    All good but you don’t see them on the Food channel.

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  • Lowly Cook

    Too bad the chefs don't actually do any of the work, the lowly cooks and such do everything while the 'chef' takes the credit and the cooks get left out.

  • pretty girl swagg

    What about Jeff Henderson???? Luv the Neelys also. Wish G. Garvin was still on tv, or even the food network. I ALSO wish there were more chefs of COLOR on that network. Its like they black folk cannot cook. WRONG AND DISRESPECTFUL.. There are only a HANDFUL…..

  • just sayin

    What about Sunny Anderson and the Neelys? This list is wack.

  • omega

    What! Pat and Gina Neely, Sunny Anderson this list is incomplete.,

  • Terry Hudson

    You should have put Chef Roble on your top black celebrity chefs!! He's dope on 106th and Park and he has his own show coming on Bravo!!

  • Anonymous

    One woman, six guys.