Therese Nelson

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Newark, New Jersey
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • B.S. Food Service Management
  • B.S. Culinary Arts
Alma materJohnson & Wales University
  • Chef
  • Author
OrganizationBlack Culinary History

Therese Nelson (born Newark, New Jersey) is an American chef, author, and founder of Black Culinary History. She is recognized for focusing on preserving Black culinary heritage and sharing work of her colleagues for future generations.

Early life

Nelson was born and raised in the historic Weequaic section of Newark, New Jersey.


Following her graduation from Johnson & Wales University where she earned degrees in culinary arts and restaurant management, Nelson worked in the hotel restaurant industry, including time at the Marriott, Hilton, Orient Express, and Four Seasons.[1][2] During this time, Nelson began to explore her culinary history as an American chef and found that such exploration required she also explore her African heritage, something that culinary school did not provide.[3]

Freelance writing and speaking

Nelson writes for a variety of publications, including TASTE, Eater, and the NY Times. She is a public speaker, often sharing on culinary history and identity at conferences such as Harvard's Black Arts Festival and Baltimore's Light City Festival.[4] She also has been interviewed by a variety of publications and media sites, including Gambit, We Are Chefs, and Heritage Radio Network.

Private catering

From 2006-2013, Nelson ran a private catering company with partners. Her company provided craft-service work for MTV and BET productions and for industry events for a range of Black entertainment organizations, including Black Enterprise, Roc Nation, and Essence.[5]

Black Culinary History

The site includes a blog, booklists, and a video collection. The organization's secondary stated goal is "as a direct rebuttal to the pervasive and misguided narrative that suggests because traditional media coverage excludes black chefs we don't exist." The site has not had significant updates since 2015.

More recently, Nelson has managed a YouTube channel, Black Culinary History, and a Twitter feed @BlackCulinary.

Personal life

Nelson resides in East Harlem, New York.



In the media



  1. "Episode 10". Afros + Knives. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  2. "Meet Therese Nelson". TASTE. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  3. Twitty, Michael W. (2017-08-18). "The Forgotten History of Black Chefs". Eater. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  4. "Therese Nelson". Women In Hospitality United. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  5. Rodbard, Matt. "Meet Therese Nelson". Taste. Retrieved 13 June 2020.

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