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Mavis-Jay (she/they)


Is a chef who believes in sustainably raised ingredients, thoughtfully prepared. She is a racial and social equity advocate that has dedicated her career to fighting for food justice in Black and vulnerable communities. In 2019, she was honored as one of Star Chefs’ New York Rising Star Chef. She is a James Beard Chef’s Boot Camp alum, a Chef’s Collaborative scholar, and in the before times had been a featured chef of the New York’s Queer Soup Night. She can be found on God’s Love We Deliver’s culinary counsel and in the Black Farmer’s Fund pilot community. At the top of 2020, Mavis-Jay became the founding COO of Food + People, a food company dedicated to celebrating Black American heritage and joy while subverting traditional food systems to reclaim Black food sovereignty. Most recently, she joined the team at Drive Change as Director of Culinary Development and Education in the fight to reenvision justice and service in the hospitality industry.