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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.

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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