Edna Lewis, with bravery, confidence and extreme style and grace has done more to elevate and celebrate Southern food and sustainable living as any chef in history. That's a bold statement but in my opinion true and I'll argue it to anyone who wants to take it up with me.
I've had the fortune to meet a handful of celebrities in my life--many of them recognizable world-wide--but never has my heart beat so fast with the sensation of being star-struck as it has when I met Edna Lewis for the first time. I have to thank Dame Sonya Jones for that experience and the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier in general. We were so fortunate to count Ms. Lewis among our early members and in 1999, LDEI International named Dame Edna Lewis "Grand Dame".
I encourage each of you to learn more about Edna Lewis and her lasting legacy. Buy her many books and look into how you can enhance your own life experience by reading about her and supporting young women who wish to create a beautiful career through the culinary arts.
I'm grateful for all of the women in our chapter and in this month of celebrating Black History, I salute our many members of color for carrying the torch. Thank you for all that you do and inspiring us to move forward!
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