Toni is an award-winning food and nutrition journalist using cultural heritage and cooking for social change. In an era when kitchen competency is defined by celebrity chefs on television and the internet, Toni is sharing the real-life stories of this country’s invisible African American cooks through her rare book collection, talks and presentations. Her hope is that by championing the professional skills and kitchen wisdom of generations of black cooks, these iconic figures will be recognized as culinary role models from whom everyone can learn.