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First cooking competition to feature Black chefs


The Food Network has for years brought foodies and fans alike to marvel at all of the amazing creations seasoned chefs and home-cooking hopefuls have brought to the kitchen. Shows like “Top Chef,”“Chopped,” and “Hell’s Kitchen” are watched by millions of viewers every week.  But, one thing  that hasn’t really been seen is a competition-style show that focuses on African American chefs.

That’s all about to change with the premiere of the first-of-its-kind web series called “Bringing It To The Table,” which is centered in Oakland, Calif. The first episode will air on Thanksgiving Day.

The six-part series will showcase talented African American chefs as they show off their skills and personalities. The show’s creator and executive producer, Aminah ‘Chef MiMi’ Robinson-Briscoe, is from Berkeley, and is a graduate of the prestigious (CCA) California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

She was the youngest in her class to graduate at the age of just 19 years old and during the 20 years since that incredible feat, she has been a skilled culinary professional who has won numerous awards and has been featured in Ebony Magazine and Cuisine Noir, the first Black online culinary magazine.

Alongside Chef Mimi, is the extremely entertaining and skilled Chef Robert Stewart who will serve as a judge. Chef “Stew”, is a motivational speaker, published author, and TV personality who has appeared in a number of culinary T.V. shows. He owns his own restaurant, Stewart’s Bistro, and is personal chef to actress and comedian Luenell. Viewers will able to watch as he shows off his talents and critiques the competitors in his hilariously blunt style.

Chef MiMi’s intention with creating “Bringing It To The Table” was to showcase the art of cooking from an African American perspective.

“Many times when we think of chefs of color, we think of barbecue and fried chicken. And although we love it, it’s not all that we can prepare,” she said. “But it is society’s stereotypes as seen so often in the media food space.”

The new series is being described as “an urban reality cooking competition packed with drama and various challenges of obscure and unpredictable tests of taste inside and out of the kitchen.”

Combining the competition with every one’s favorite new genre “reality,” the show intends to clearly stand out from others of its kind.

“This is exactly why we love the digital age of media. If you feel like what you want to see is not being represented by mainstream media, you can create it and easily distribute it through video and social platforms. It is easier than ever to find like-minded people and share your creation,” said Chef Mimi.

For some behind the scene clips and show info, visit

The official trailer can be viewed on YouTube at

The series will be available on “Vimeo on Demand”, and is available for purchase at