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 Sunday, July 30, 2017, Dine Diaspora hosted its 2nd annual Chop Bar in Washington, DC. The event which is inspired by makeshift restaurants throughout West Africa, celebrated global cuisine with a vibrant flair. Featuring a tasting menu curated by Executive Chef at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Chef Jerome Grant, guest enjoyed dishes inspired by his African-American, Filipino, and Caribbean heritage. From Smoked Chesapeake Blue Catfish to a Cassava Cake, each dish was meticulously plated to look as beautiful as it tasted.
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.