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Black chefs use social media to inform community about culinary careers

OULIMATA BA Special to the AmNews | 6/6/2012, 4:48 p.m.
Have you ever discussed careers in cooking with a professional culinary chef via Twitter? Now,...
Black chefs use social media to inform community about culinary careers

Have you ever discussed careers in cooking with a professional culinary chef via Twitter? Now, those interested in learning more about the cooking industry can do just that, thanks to the African-American culinary magazine Cuisine Noir.

Every month, Chef instructor Kevin Mitchell of the Culinary Institute of Charleston will lead online discussions using Twitter and other forms of social media. Anyone is free to engage Mitchell in conversations about food & dining, and ways to jumpstart their own career as a chef.

These online chats are part of Cuisine Noir Magazine's larger "Where are the black chefs?" discussion- an effort to encourage black people's presence in professional culinary careers.

This is not the first time Cuisine Magazine had a chef host online discussions with its readers. In March, food and wine journalist Maria C. Hunt hosted a twitter chat about her experience in the wine industry, and her new book, "The Bubbly Bar."

"Well, custom cocktails are a trend," Hunt said in a tweet during the discussion, "especially for #weddings. People like to have something all their own."

Chats with Chef Mitchell are usually held the first Wednesday of every month at 6p.m. PST, and 9p.m. EST. For more information about Cuisine Magazine's online chats and events, visit bringthechef.thejstandard.com.