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profiles from the African american culinary world.

TASTE THE REVOLUTION

TASTE THE REVOLUTION

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"Food is a religion of it's own. Different regions have produced great preachers of cuisine."


--Chef Todd Richards, 

Restaurateur and Author of 'Soul'

Ascender Films, Inc. Proudly Presents:

REVIVAL: PREACHERS OF CUISINE

100 years from now, the world will look back and note that this current generation of African/African-Americans in the food industry are drawing inspiration from their shared cultural past in order to elevate and expand how the world sees--and the tastes African-heritage cuisines. 


These are their stories. 

EPISODE 1: THIS IS SOUL FOOD

Chef David and Tonya Thomas, Ida Bs Table, Baltimore, MD

CHEF DAVID & CHEF TONYA THOMAS | IDA B.'s TABLE

'THIS IS SOUL FOOD'

What is "modern soul food?"  In this first episode, Chef David Thomas,   2020 Grand Champion of Food Network's 'Chopped'  and General Manager, Tonya Thomas  explain how they work in their Baltimore restaurant to evolve this traditional cuisine. 

REVIVAL: EXTRAS

TONYA THOMAS: 'MORE WOMEN OWNERSHIP'

Tonya Thomas, General Manager and Pastry Chef at Ida B's Table restaurant in Baltimore, MD explains how she gained experience in the food industry and a major benefit of more woman-owned restaurants.

CHEF DAVID THOMAS:'CHANGING THE NARRATIVE FOR BLACK CHEFS/FOOD'

Chef David K. Thomas explains what he wants his culinary legacy to contribute to the raising the visibility of African American Chefs.

Filmmaker's Statement

Name Your Top 5 African-American Chefs (Not Your Mama)

 

Often when I get together with a group of  guy friends get together, we end up discussing our Top 5's.   MC's. Hip-Hop albums. R&B singers excluding Prince and Michael Jackson. Even comedians. On the surface, it's a tired game, inspired by a recent Chris Rock movie of the same name.  Ironically, this 'game' almost always opens-up much deeper conversations among participants around generational and regional cultural experiences. In many cases it reveals where and how you grew up. But it has just occurred to me only recently that I know of a precious few who could name and discuss their Top 5  African American chefs.  This is unfortunate. Because many Black chefs are great artists, too. And everybody eats.


Today, over 40 years after Edna Lewis published 'A Taste of Country Cooking’, a revolution in black cuisine has begun.  An entire generation of African Americans in the food industry are drawing inspiration from their shared cultural past in order to expand and redefine how the world sees and tastes African-heritage cuisines. 


This a profound cultural moment.  Increased access to capital, industry networking and online /media exposure is allowing talented African-American culinary leaders-including chefs, bakers, writers, historians, chefs, mixologist and restaurateurs to make African/ African-American heritage cuisines--and the brown hands that prepare it--regarded among the finest that man has ever tasted.  And we are just beginning to taste the possibilities.


Sharing the stories of the men and women who masterfully propel this movement is the singular goal of this project.  Stories of black culinary excellence have only begun to be told.  So, my team thought that maybe this independent digital series will add some value. We profile leaders in African American cuisine because we want every Black person with expendable income should be able to name their top 5 working black chefs ( Excluding your Mama or your Grandma).


Now, if you can't? 


Then, you've got a lot more eating to do.

Paul Grant 

Senior Producer /Director 

Ascender Films, Inc.

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This is a teaser for our forthcoming REVIVAL short featuring renown Charleston Chef B.J. Dennis, IV.

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Making Gumbo Jubilee: Triumph of Howard Conyers (2018)

 

BBQ Pit Master, Howard Conyers wanted cook something special for his ‘Gumbo Jubilee’ event celebrating African American culinary heritage and the 300th commemoration of the city of New Orleans. So, he set out to slow-roast an entire cow. Luckily, he is also an engineer and NASA rocket scientist…

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Making Gumbo Jubilee: Triumph of Howard Conyers (2018)

 

BBQ Pit Master, Howard Conyers wanted cook something special for his ‘Gumbo Jubilee’ event celebrating African American culinary heritage and the 300th commemoration of the city of New Orleans. So, he set out to slow-roast an entire cow. Luckily, he is also an engineer and NASA rocket scientist…

‘Making Gumbo Jubilee’ is a documentary short-film that chronicles the final 24-hours of preparation by Dr. Howard Conyers as he draws inspiration from centuries of southern culinary history and his flexes his unmatched engineering prowess to keep the flame of African American pit master traditions alive.

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