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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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