We are excited to announce that our 2017 Featured Chef is Chef Sean Streete, a Jamaican born and Trinidadian raised, native of San Francisco, California. As a part of the selection process, Chef Streete’s tasting menu reflected his Jamaican and Trinidadian upbringing while incorporating innovative dining techniques within each dish. From the nostalgic feels of jerk chicken to escovitch fish, Chef Streete’s menu left us wanting to know more about his passion for food and cooking.
On August 28th, Dine Diaspora hosted a pop-up dining experience called “Chop Bar” in Washington, DC . “Chop Bar” is a local West African phrase for makeshift small restaurants where people gather over food, music and positive vibes. This encapsulates Dine Diaspora’s Chop Bar experience where attendees enjoyed tasty bites from our featured chef — Chef Jonathan Harris.
Although attaining a formal degree was beneficial, Harris is among many black chefs who credit their innovative culinary skill set to their passion for flavors and constant pursuit to change the plight of black chefs in the culinary industry. Harris, who is of Costa Rican and African-American heritage, describes his affinity for soul food as a personal struggle.