Today, we see Black culture recognized like never before in music, film, fashion, TV, sports, and more, however, that very same cultural recognition remains less credited in culinary arts.
OWN has partnered with discovery+ via the original series, “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off,” in a cooking competition that finally spotlights the culinary contributions of Black chefs with challenges designed to highlight the past and present of soul food.
Eight chefs will go head-to-head throughout the show in this high-stakes, spiritual, and emotional competition, but only one competitor can take home the grand prize of $50,000.
The Great Soul Food Cook-Off,” a first-of-its-kind soul food cooking competition series celebrating Black chefs and the Black culinary traditions that are the cornerstone of American cuisine. The six-episode, one-hour series debuts on discovery+ on Saturday, November 20th, with new episodes every Saturday through December 18th
“The Great Soul Food Cook-Off” is hosted by acclaimed chef and television show host Kardea Brown. Brown will be joined by some of the world’s best chefs, Eric Adjepong and Melba Wilson as they critique the chefs’ weekly creations.
Additional judges that will join Adjepong and Wilson include:
· Tanya Holland - (Episode 1)
· Alexander Smalls - (Episode 2 & 6)
· BJ Dennis - (Episode 3)
· Tiffany Derry - (Episode 4)
· Millie Peartree - (Episode 5)
· Kwame Onwuachi - (Episode 6)
“The Great Soul Food Cook-Off” contestants are:
· Chris Scott, 53 (Chef/Owner, Butterfunk Biscuit Co. - Harlem, NY)
· Dorian Hunter, 47 (Chef/Caterer, Elevated Soul - Atlanta, GA)
· Fred Fluellen, 32 (Private Chef/Caterer, Fluniversity - Atlanta, GA)
· Jamarius Banks, 28 (Private Chef - Atlanta, GA)
· Jermaine Smith, 48 (Chef/Owner, Henry's Soul Cafe - Washington, D.C.)
· Razia Sabour, 40 (Private Chef/Caterer, Fuller Foods - Atlanta, GA)
· Shacafrica Simmons, 47 (Private Chef/Caterer, Southern Fusion - Tallahassee, FL)
· Tirzah Love, 38 (Chef/Owner, Saturday w/ Tirzah Supper Club - Oakland, CA)
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