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5 Questions with Chef Bryant Terry


BRYANT TERRY is a James Beard Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Since 2015 he has been the Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco where he creates public programming at the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora.

Bryant graduated from the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He is a Ph.D. dropout who holds an M.A. in History with an emphasis on the African Diaspora from NYU, where he studied under Historian Robin D.G. Kelly. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two brilliant and beautiful children.

Vegetable Kingdom is Bryant’s fifth book.

BFiO: Whose food in Oakland do you enjoy as much as your own?

CHEF BRYANT: Champa Garden. Monifa Dayo, Supperclub. Tacos Oscar. My wife’s.

BFiO: What food do you think is overrated?

CHEF BRYANT: Avocado Toast.

BFiO: What’s missing in the Oakland food scene?

CHEF BRYANT: More options for good West African food.

BFiO: At what local Oakland markets do you shop for ingredients/food?

CHEF BRYANT: Farmer Joe’s, The Food Mill, Friday Farmers' Market in Old Oakland, Saturday's Grand Lake Farmers’ Market, Umami Mart (for beer).

BFiO: What does The New Normal look like for Oakland restaurants & food businesses in the age of COVID-19?

CHEF BRYANT: I seriously can’t even imagine what that looks like at the moment.

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