Dine Diaspora Announces Winners of 2022 5th Annual Black Women in Food Awards

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dine Diaspora announces its incredible 2022 list of famous and groundbreaking black women, including judges: Enjoy your meal Chief Editor Dawn Davis, James Beard Foundation Awards Director Dawn Padmore, Closest Uncle’s Master Blender Victoria Eady Butler, and more to present 31 black women around the world with their 5th Annual Black Women in Food award.

The 2022 Judges List has selected the following 31 women in the following categories categories :

Game Changer:

  • Gabrielle EW CarterCo-Founder, Tall Grass Food Box (Apex, North CarolinaUNITED STATES)
  • Kiki LouyaChef and Executive Director, Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (Detroit, MichiganUNITED STATES)
  • Tambra Raye StevensonFounder and CEO of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (washington d.c.UNITED STATES)
  • Mavis Jay SandersChef, Director of Operations, The Brownsville Community Culinary Center and Director of Culinary Development and Education, Drive Change (New York, NYUNITED STATES)
  • Sinnidra TaylorFounder and Director, Friends of Codey’s NOLA (New Orleans, LAUNITED STATES)


  • dr. Lisa DysonFounder and CEO, Air Protein (San Francisco, CaliforniaUNITED STATES)
  • Janique EdwardsCOO and co-founder, EatOkra (Brooklyn, New YorkUNITED STATES)
  • Riana LynnCEO and Founder, Journey Foods (Austin, TXUNITED STATES)
  • Lesley RileyFounder and CEO, Mama’s Biscuits (Germantown, MDUNITED STATES)
  • Lost and Spencer, Co-founder, AYO Foods (Chicago, ILUNITED STATES)


  • Marguerite NyamumboFounder and CEO of Kahawa 1893, (San Francisco, CaliforniaUNITED STATES)
  • Ndidi Okonkwo NwuneliCo-founder and Executive Chairman of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition, Co-founder of AACE Foods and Founder of Nourishing Africa (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Zella PalmerDirector, Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture (New Orleans, NYUNITED STATES)
  • Karen Washingtonco-owner/farmer, Rise & Root Farm (BronxNew York, United States)
  • dr. Veronica L. WomackExecutive Director, Georgia College and State University Institute of Rural Studies (Milledgeville, GeorgiaUNITED STATES)


  • Ronke Edohonutritionist, author, founder, 9jafoodie (Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • Courtnee Futchchef, mixologist, author and senior content manager, Haven’s Kitchen (New York, NYUNITED STATES)
  • Jillian Knoxinterdisciplinary polymath artist (San Francisco, CaliforniaUNITED STATES)
  • Amber MayfieldProducer of multidisciplinary events, Entertainment expert, Founder of To Be Hosted (New Rochelle, NYUNITED STATES)
  • Cha McCoysommelier, speaker, founder of Cha Squared Consulting LLC (New York, NYUNITED STATES)


  • Auzerais BellamyFounder, Blondery (Brooklyn, New YorkUNITED STATES)
  • Eden Gebre EgziabherChef and Owner, Makina Cafe (New York, NYUNITED STATES)
  • Zola Nenechef, media personality, food stylist and cookbook author (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Ashley PearsonOwner and Pastry Chef/Chocolatier, Little Sister (washington d.c.UNITED STATES)
  • Rasheeda PurdieChef and owner, Ramen by Rā (New York, NYUNITED STATES)
  • Diana TandiaChef and Owner, Berber Street Food (New York, NYUNITED STATES)
  • Brittney ‘Stikxz’ WilliamsPrivate Chef, Caterer and Food Stylist (New York, NYUNITED STATES)


  • Chasity Cooperaward-winning writer, entrepreneur and wine culture expert (Chicago, ILUNITED STATES)
  • Osayi Endolynaward-winning writer, co-author, THE RISE: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food
  • (Brooklyn, New YorkUNITED STATES)
  • Cynthia Greenlee, writer and historian. Contributing Editor, Scalawag (Durham, North CarolinaUNITED STATES)
  • Nikita Richardsoneditor of the New York Times Food and Cooking (New York, NYUNITED STATES)

Co-founders of Dine Diaspora Maame Boakye and Nina Oduro launched her black female-owned and operated agency, steeped in cuisine, community and commerce in washington d.c. connecting people and brands to the food culture of the African Diaspora. Dine Diaspora is also celebrating its 7th anniversary this year and has successfully provided digital marketing, design and production of immersive dining experiences, influencer engagement and resource development for food companies.

Diaspora dinner will highlight each 2022 winner daily on its website (https://www.blackwomeninfood.org/judges) and on its social media platforms.

Media Contact:
Kim WilsonMarshall
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SOURCE Diaspora Dinner

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