Mashama Bailey's Low-Country Grilled Chicken
Bailey, who is a finalist in the James Beard Award's Best Chef: Southeast category for the second year in a row, is heavily involved in the Edna Lewis Foundation, an organization whose mission it is to "to revive, preserve and celebrate the rich history of African-American cookery by cultivating a deeper understanding of Southern food and culture in America."
Net proceeds from all Iconoclast events benefit girls from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries attending Spelman College. For Harvell, a first generation Jamaican-American who has two daughters at Spelman, giving back to the institution that helped shape her was important when building her dinner series.
Mashama Bailey preparing Low Country Grilled Chicken at the 2019 All-Star Culinary Bash
“It’s where I grew up and learned how to be a woman,” Harvell said. “It was a safe environment to make mistakes and grow as a young black woman. I wanted to do what I could to give back, but also as a food enthusiast, I was able to fufill my passions in that arena as well.”
The next Iconoclast Dinner will be held June 8 in New York. Next year’s pre-Beard Award dinner will take place May 2, 2020 in Chicago.
The 2019 James Beard Awards will be announced Monday night at a ceremony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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