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'Black Women in Food' 2022 Honorees: See the List

02 March, 2022
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The women creating or adapting tools, models, approaches and or technology to solve food problems.

Dr. Lisa Dyson, Founder and CEO, Air Protein (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Janique Edwards, COO and Co-Founder, EatOkra (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Riana Lynn, CEO and Founder, Journey Foods (Austin, TX, USA)
Lesley Riley, Founder and CEO, Mama's Biscuits (Germantown, MD, USA)
Perteet Spencer, Co-founder, AYO Foods (Chicago, IL, USA)


Well-accomplished female leaders who have paved the way for others in food

Margaret Nyamumbo, Founder & CEO of Kahawa 1893, (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, Co-founder and Executive Chair of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition, Co-founder of AACE Foods and Founder of Nourishing Africa (Lagos, Nigeria)
Zella Palmer, Director, Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture (New Orleans, NY, USA)
Karen Washington, Co-Owner/Farmer, Rise & Root Farm (Bronx, NY, USA)
Dr. Veronica L. Womack, Executive Director, Georgia College & State University's Rural Studies Institute (Milledgeville, GA, USA)


The women building community using food as a tool to expression and connect with others

Ronke Edoho, Nutrition Specialist, Author, Founder, 9jafoodie (Saskatchewan, Canada)
Courtnee Futch, Chef, Mixologist, Author and Senior Content Manager, Haven's Kitchen (New York, NY, USA)
Jillian Knox, Interdisciplinary Polymath Artist (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Amber Mayfield, Multidisciplinary Event Producer, Entertaining Expert, Founder of To Be Hosted (New Rochelle, NY, USA)
Cha McCoy, Sommelier, Public Speaker, Founder of Cha Squared Consulting LLC (New York, NY, USA)


The women that are trained or self-taught in the art of cooking and demonstrate exemplary talent thought their work. 

Auzerais Bellamy, Founder, Blondery (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Eden Gebre Egziabher, Chef and Owner, Makina Cafe (New York, NY, USA)
Zola Nene, Chef, Media Personality, Food Stylist and Cookbook Author (Cape Town, South Africa)
Ashleigh Pearson, Owner and Pastry Chef/Chocolatier, Petite Soeur (Washington, DC, USA)
Rāsheeda Purdie, Chef and Owner, Ramen by Rā (New York, NY, USA)
Diana Tandia, Chef and Owner, Berber Street Food (New York, NY, USA)
Brittney 'Stikxz' Williams, Private Chef, Caterer and Food Stylist (New York, NY, USA)



The women leveraging their voices and platform(s) to highlight the often marginalized stories in food 

Chasity Cooper, Award Winning Writer, Entrepreneur, and Wine Culture Expert (Chicago, IL, USA)
Osayi Endolyn, Award Winning Writer, Co-author, THE RISE: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Cynthia Greenlee, Writer and Historian. Contributing Editor, Scalawag (Durham, NC, USA)
Nikita Richardson, Senior Staff Editor, New York Times Food and Cooking (New York, NY, USA)


What is Dine Diaspora?

Dine Diaspora is a black-women owned and operated agency, co-founded by Maame Boakye and Nina Oduro in Washington DC, to connect people and brands to African diaspora food culture. 

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