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One of the Black Chefs Changing Food in America is Right Here in Detroit

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Chef Kiki Louya made headlines when the New York Times identified her as one of 16 African-American chefs changing the culinary landscape. The Detroit-native dishes on just how she and her team are making that happen.

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Chef Kiki Louya

Detroit has an increasing amount of cachet among the culinary elite  and we’re not complaining.

One of the players making noise in the culinary industry is Chef Kiki Louya, co-owner and co-founder of The Farmer’s Hand and FOLK, located in the historic Corktown neighborhood at the corner of Trumbull and Bagley. The Farmer’s Hand is a locally-focused, artisanal grocery and cafe that supplies the neighborhood with Michigan products and fresh foods. FOLK, her latest business endeavor, is the restaurant extension of the grocer-cafe, and shares the same mission of locally-sourced ingredients, high-quality meals and community building. 

Chef Louya, who grew up in the Rosedale Park neighborhood, recently made headlines as one of sixteen black chefs recognized by the New York Times for  changing the culinary landscape and having a direct impact on their community. 

When I talk about food, I don’t know how to not talk about the people involved in it,” Louya says. “No matter where you’re from in the world, you can use food as that common language. Regardless of whatever’s going on in the community, we can sit down, break bread together, have a meal and share thoughts.” 

Click the player above to hear CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper in conversation with Chef Kiki Louya about equity in the culinary industry and building community.  

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LaToya Cross, Producer, CultureShift

LaToya Cross is a Producer with CultureShift, where she produces in-depth content that spotlights creatives and individuals using their platform to examine, cultivate, shape and shift culture.

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