August 31, 2015
Photo: Larry Nighswander
Edward Lee and John Besh sat down with us to talk about their philanthropic efforts.
Since 2011, John Besh's Chefs Move initiative has provided aspiring minority chefs from New Orleans with a cooking school scholarship, a chef-mentor, and a kitchen internship. This month, Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky, kicks off the Smoke & Soul Pop-Up Dinner Series, a restaurant program staffed by underprivileged kids.
Besh: I remember that! I think what it really comes down to is creating a mentorship process that never ends. We set them up, so once they come to New York they have guidance from chefs like Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern. Kids from underprivileged backgrounds sometimes don't know that the possibilities are endless when you find your passion.