Launched by the Taste of Heritage Foundation in 1993, the African American Chefs Hall of Fame is a program that honors the past and celebrates the present of African Americans who have made extraordinary gifts to culinary arts and society.  By sharing these persons and their work, the Hall seeks to protect, model, motivate and celebrate Black excellence, via diverse programming, for contemporary and future generations.

On their website is its mission, “Showcasing great African American Chefs … who have Inspired us all!”, simply stated.  It’s shared that these dedicated chefs “as custodians of African American history … have an inherent responsibility to preserve and promote African American chefs and their contributions through various programs, thus maintaining a perpetual foundation that keeps the Hall engaged with inductees both now and the future.”