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Austin Students Cook Up Dreams At James Beard House

A group of Austin-area students cooked at the James Beard House in New York City this weekend as part of the culinary destinations Jemima Code art exhibit, which "celebrates the culinary contributions of black women to American cuisine," curated by Austin's own culinary historian Toni Tipton-Martin. From the Austin American-Statesman:

The students got to take part in the entire experience of creating a meal — from shopping for their food at fish and produce markets in Chelsea to being introduced as sous chefs at the event.

"It was the greatest thing of my life," said Lupe Pirul, a 19-year-old Travis High School culinary student, at times getting a little choked up as he recalled the experience. "You feel different because you feel like you accomplished something. And I was happy that everyone in my family was so proud of me.

Tipton-Martin describes her work as aiming to "break through the jarring portrait of the south’s 'old black Mammy' to find a seat for our unsung heroes of the kitchen at the long table of Southern culinary history."

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[Photo: James Beard Foundation/Facebook]