Elijah Milligan: Today’s Obstacles For Black Chefs, From COVID-19 To Soul Food

Elijah Milligan is all about baby steps. After more than 15 years in the restaurant business, the chef is happy to note that the changes he’s been fighting for are finally taking hold across the industry. Much of that is due to what he calls his “baby,” Cooking for the Culture, a culinary network devoted to connecting and helping Black chefs all around the country. The project has made headlines through a series of pop-up dinners helmed by minority cooks — but the effort goes much deeper than that. In this Voices in Food story, the professional chef tells Anna Rahmanan about the struggles he’s had to overcome, how COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have positively affected the gastronomy world and what dining will likely look like in the near future.

On being one of the few Black chefs on the scene

I’ve been a chef now

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10 Soul Food Cookbooks to Buy Now, According to Carla Hall

carla hall holding an array of soul food cookbooks

Sarah Ceniceros

Although the term “soul food” means different things to different people, the one thing that remains consistent is what it needs to be created correctly: a lot of soul. That’s exactly what celebrity chef, TV host, and former model (did you know this?!) Carla Hall makes sure to deliver in every meal. With a list of incomparably delicious cookbooks under her belt (Cooking With Love happens to be my personal favorite), Auntie Carla—who I have full permission to call refer to as such, BTW—makes it known that while soul food today can be many things, the one thing we must remember about it is how it started.

“As Black people, we are everywhere—our food is everywhere,” Carla, who was born in Nashville, told Delish. “But the more you can allow yourself to be influenced [by] the way that soul food maybe 400 years ago

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Siblings open soul food restaurant and hair supply shop in Bedford | Local Business News

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Soul Food Twist features down-home meals | Dining Guide

HUNTINGTON — If you’re looking for some southern flavor in Huntington, Soul Food Twist is a new option. This small soul-food takeout on 12th Street in Huntington serves a variety down-home inspired meals from meatloaf to barbecue ribs to seafood. The new restaurant was opened Sept. 19 by Joanna Williams.

“I’m originally from South Carolina. I started working at Waffle House when I was 15. I’ve been cooking all of my life. I grew up on Southern cooking. My mother and father taught me how to cook. So when they were cooking I was always looking and studying,” Williams said. “Working in the Waffle House you learn how to move quickly. I like being around people. I love customers, people and faces. So it all comes together.”

Williams said she had always wanted a food truck, but when the building became available in May, she decided to talk with the

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