First Black MasterChef after Nine Seasons

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MasterChef Gerron Hurt tweeted, “After 24 hours I am still on cloud nine.”   He also said, “You are now looking at America’s first Black MasterChef.

Halfway through the two-hour finale of Fox’s “MasterChef” season nine, Louisville native Gerron Hurt had a feeling he’d be headed home with the coveted “MasterChef” title and the $250,000 grand prize.

“I am a very humble person, but when I got to the finale, I walked into the studio feeling really confident about what I was cooking,” Hurt told the Courier Journal. READ MORE

His style of cooking is Southern-inspired.

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McDiversity? Two Asian American Guys and A Replacement McDonald’s Poster

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More than a winning result happens in this story, a story about not exactly the right thing to do but maybe it will help McDonald’s and other corporations do more of the right thing.   The antic, credited to Crazy Rich Asians helping these Filipino American guys think more deeply about the need to be proactive about diversity:

The Story

Two University of Houston students, Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo, went viral on Twitter after sharing images of a fake McDonald’s poster they made and hung at one of the fast-food chain’s locations in Pearland, Texas. The reason for the prank, they said, was because they noticed a lack of diversity on the decorative wall posters. They returned to the Pearland location with a plan: to hang a photo of themselves in the restaurant and see if anyone would notice.  READ MORE

It took 51 days before McDonald’s noticed…

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Why the Jamaican Beef Patty is a New NYC is a NYC Icon


Written by Crystal A. Johnson -As a New Yorker, I have to spotlight what I’ve been eating since I was 5.  When I moved to other states I was disappointed that I couldn’t find them.   But the Food sensation has grown in popularity and is now being sold in several states in the frozen section.   Among the most popular makers of Jamaican Beef Patties is Golden Krust.


However, in New York, you will find it in a Jamaican restaurant and oddly enough, you’ll find them in Italian Pizzerias.   If you’ve heard about them never quite allowed yourself to grab one from the frozen food section then let me and a fellow New Yorker introduce you to Jamaican Beef Patty.   Watch this piece and see the Recipe for the Jamaican Beef Patty  

Reese Witherspoon Invites You to some Down Home Recipes- New Cookbook


Academy award–winning actress, producer and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup’. We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

Meghan Markle Lends Support to New Cookbook called Together

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Meghan Markle, the Dutches of Sussex has thrown her support and signature behind a new cookbook, called Together.  Markle collaborates with Grenfell Tower survivors for a new community cookbook.   The official Kensington Palace Twitter has this to say:

The Duchess of Sussex first visited the kitchen in January, and has continued to make regular private visits. United by their passion for cooking as a way of strengthening communities, The Duchess was inspired by how the project empowers women at a grassroots level


The cookbook was Markle’s idea.  A portion of the sales will go to help the Hubb Community Kitchen

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Mini Napa Getaway! Part 2… — Eat, Drink, and Go!

We started our second day in Napa (well, our first of just two FULL days!) with a nice drive out to the Point Reyes National Seashore. We were going to hike locally around the Lake Berryessa area, but wild fires were still threatening the area. So we headed west. It’s a much larger area than […]

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Historian Explains Meghan Markle’s Family Tree

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Let’s face it, Meghan Markle is more than a British princess, she’s America’s princess.  In America, her wedding was watched more than Prince Harry and Kate’s.   She is the classic story which has helped make Disney rich, a girl of humble means meets a prince and they live happily ever after.

Of course, what is even more unique about Markle is her multi-racial identity., born to a caucasian dad and an African American mom.   On her mother’s side, there is an all too familiar American, African American story which involves a lineage which includes slavery.

Check out this report:

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What’s in Store MCCN and Beyond?

Multi-Cultural Cooking Network has covered a wide variety of topics over the years.   As we embark on our 10th year, we want to find ways to streamline and improve.   So over the course of the next year, much of our entertainment focus on culture will shift to a new blog called Colorstream Media.   On the blog, you will find the world of media in color.    And then the new blog called Being Cultured expands from the concept of Being Cultured as a Eurocentric concept.   Being Cultured focuses on Etiquette, fashion, educating about different cultures, theatre and some film among the subjects.

So at times, we will reblog from those sites in moderation so you know where to find those topics.   At Multi-Cultural Cooking Network, we want to focus on Food.    What categories keep and hope to bring back?  We will keep food history, recipes, and healthy living.   We will shift from reviewing restaurants to spotlight on restaurants.   Travel topics will be narrowed down to the food scene.   Travel, in general, will move to Being Cultured.   We plan to bring back our original programming videos.   We plan to go back covering festival and maybe even asking celebs about their favorite foods while on the red carpet.

We believe you will enjoy the changes and the two new blogs.

Like our blog, you can find a Facebook presence for Being Cultured and Colorstream Media. 

True or False: Only rich people can afford to eat locally grown, organic food.

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There are two quotes that I love from an article which is nearly ten years old:

Only rich people can afford to eat locally grown, organic food. Have you heard that one before?

You’re either going to pay for it now, or you’ll pay for it later.

The all too unfortunate reality for people living paycheck to paycheck, low-income single parent household , or various other scenarios when deciding whether to shop organic is the need to stretch the dollar.    -Commentary by Crystal Johnson

The article below focuses on communities in Maine; however, its’ safe to say it reflects a national perspective as well.   Click Here to Read The Economic of Organic Food.

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A Taste of Nigeria in the San Fernando Valley- Toto’s Restaurant

In major city like Los Angeles it may be hard to believe how rare it is to find African Cuisine besides Ethiopian,  Toto’s offers a the West African country of Nigeria

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There’s an interesting strip mall which hosts a taste of the world from Thai to Ramen to Middle Eastern to Mexican to Nigerian.  The African cuisine is the rarest to find in the area.   I got a chance to experience Jollof Rice, Moi Moi (Moin Moin) a spicy preparation of goat and my friend ordered Pounded Yam. 40530028_10156169188571865_4940957736260075520_n

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