Credit: TEDMED

Credit: TEDMED

Included among 11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene in San Francisco Magazine, December 2017.

Included on the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts YBCA 100 list, 2017.

Named one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in January 2017.

Included among 9 People Who Are Changing the Future of Food in Fast CompanyApril 2016.

Received a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, 2015. 

Named Chef in Residence of San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 2015. 

Nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category (Afro-Vegan), 2014.

Included among 40 Under 40 Young Alumni awardees at Xavier University of Louisiana, 2014

Named Artist in Residence of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, 2014.

Served as keynote speaker at the UC Berkeley Black Graduation Ceremony, 2014.

Honored at the UC Berkeley Renaissance Gala for commitment to community development & transformative change, 2014.

Named by Hillary Clinton as one of 80 American chefs to be a part of the American Chef Corps, 2012.

Included on’s list of 100 Most Influential African Americans, 2012.

Included on’s list of 100 African Americans Making History Today, 2012.

Named by the San Francisco Bay Guardian as the Best Cookbook Cheftivist in the Bay Area, 2012.

Included on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list, 2011.

Featured in The New York Times magazine among a handful of Food Fighters, 2009.

Included in the 13 list, which honors people pushing the food world in new and adventurous directions, 2009. 

Awarded a Writer's Residency at Mesa Refuge, 2008.

Selected as one of the Hot 20 Under 40 in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7x7, 2008.

Served as fellow of the Food and Society Fellows Program, a national Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2008-2010.

Received the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education, 2007.

Awarded a Sea Change Residency by the Gaea Foundation, 2005.

Given a Glynwood Harvest Wave of the Future Award for work with b-healthy, 2004.

Served as an Open Society Community Fellow (Soros Foundation), 2002-2003.

Awarded a Warren Dean Memorial Fellowship from the Department of History at NYU, 1997.