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The Melanin Report-Newsmaker interview with Chef Oliver Saye

The Melanin Report episode 2.2

  • Marquis Lupton

Airdate: September 13th, 2023

Its part TWO of our THREE part podcast series this week, on deck we have our Top 5 stories of the week, which include:

Chef Oliver Saye grew up cooking and turned that into his career. In 2019 he found a direction for his culinary services after being chosen as a member of that year’s Baldwin Leadership Program by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Chef Oliver created a Baldwin project called “Going Back Home” that examined the roots of the history of his people traced through the food they prepared.

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Chef Oliver wears many hats in his work as a chef, educator, historian, and leader in the BIPOC community. The role that fits most naturally for Oliver is that of the historian.

“I have always been a lover of history. I remember being about 9 or 10 years old when my parents got a set of encyclopedias, and I became a sponge. I literally read them all, and that is where my love of history came from, my love of geography came from.”
– Chef Oliver Saye

Now, years later, Chef Oliver’s love of food comes into the mix to mingle with a love of history and geography. This combination became the basis for his business, homage: Cuisines of the West African Diaspora.

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