Bryant Terry

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Bryant Thomas Terry
Born (1974-01-24) January 24, 1974 (age 44)[1]
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
ResidenceOakland, California, U.S.[2]
Alma materXavier University of Louisiana
New York University
OccupationChef, author
Spouse(s)Jidan Terry-Koon[2]

Bryant Terry is an African American vegan eco-chef, food justice activist, and author.[3][4] His most recent book is Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed, which was published in April 2014.[5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Terry grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.[3] He graduated with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. He then moved to New York City to attend graduate school in History at New York University. After getting his M.A., he enrolled in the chef's training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City.[7]


In 2001, Terry founded b-healthy! (Build Healthy Eating And Lifestyles To Help Youth), a five-year initiative created to raise awareness about food justice issues and empower youth to be active in creating a more just and sustainable food system.[8][9] In 2002 he received a Community Fellowship from the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) to support b-healthy's work, in which he led chef-educators Ludie Minaya, Elizabeth Johnson, and Latham Thomas in reaching out to thousands of youth in the United States.[10][11]

In the spring of 2003, Terry met author Anna Lappé. That fall they began writing a Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (ISBN 1585424595), which was soon bought by Tarcher/Penguin and published in 2006.[12] Grub received a 2007 Nautilus Book Award for Social Change.[13]

Among his national radio and television appearances, Terry has offered his commentary on the Sundance Channel's original series Big Ideas for a Small Planet. He has been a guest chef on three episodes of the BET series My Two Cents. Terry was also a host on the PBS series The Endless Feast.[3]

Terry is a consultant for the Bioneers Conference. He has helped raise funds for the People's Grocery in West Oakland,[14] and he consults for other not-for-profit organizations as well as corporations. He appeared on the "Nourish: Food + Community" PBS special that aired in 2008, and he has also served on the advisory board for the project's educational component.

From 2008 to 2010, Terry was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a national program of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.[15][16]

In 2015, Terry was named the inaugural Chef-in-Residence for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.[4][17]

Writing and speaking engagements[edit]

Terry's writing and recipes have been featured in Gourmet, Food and Wine, The New York Times Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vibe, Domino, Mothering, Food and Wine, Plenty, Delicious Living, and other print magazines. He has contributed to and among others. His column on, "Eco-Soul Kitchen", offers thoughts, recipes, tools, and tips for sustainable eating and living. His essay, "Reclaiming True Grits", was widely circulated on the web and sparked heated debate about "soul food".[citation needed]

In 2015, Terry gave a talk at the annual TEDMED conference on "Stirring up political change from the kitchen".[18]

Honors and awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Terry married Jidan Koon, an organizational development consultant, in September 2010.[7] They reside in Oakland, California with their children.[2]



  1. ^ "Terry, Bryant, 1974-". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c May, Meredith (June 3, 2014). "Bryant Terry cultivates new turf with front-yard edible lawn". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Bader, Beth (April 9, 2008). "An Interview with Bryant Terry, Eco-Chef, Author and Food Justice Activist". Eat Drink Better. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kane, Peter Lawrence (November 9, 2015). "Chatting With MoAD's Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry About Food Justice". SF Weekly. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Try These Tasty Dishes from Bryant Terry's 'Afro-Vegan'". Ebony. June 16, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Yonan, Joe (May 5, 2014). "Bryant Terry marries vegan cooking and African food traditions, with delicious results". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Jidan Koon, Bryant Terry". The New York Times. September 3, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "Bryant Terry, food-justice activist, answers questions". Grist. June 20, 2006. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Moss, Laura (February 2, 2011). "12 African Americans who are greening the nation". Mother Nature Network. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "The 2012 Black Male Achievement Fellows". Soros Foundation.
  11. ^ Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African American Cuisine. Da Capo Press. 2009. p. 217. ISBN 0738216321.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  13. ^ Archived May 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Guggiana, Marissa (December 18, 2012). "For Oakland food desert: A people's grocery store". Berkeleyside. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "Food Community Fellows". Archived from the original on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  16. ^ Collier, Andrea King (December 15, 2010). "Expanding Food Advocacy with the Food and Society Fellows Program". Civil Eats. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  17. ^ "Chef-in-Residence: Bryant Terry". Museum of the African Diaspora. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  18. ^ "Stirring up political change from the kitchen". TEDMED. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  19. ^ Johnson, Keosha (January 31, 2012). "TheGrio's 100: Bryant Terry, Chef fighting for healthy food distribution". The Grio. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  20. ^ Philpott, Tom (December 20, 2014). "The 9 Best Cookbooks of 2014". Mother Jones. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  21. ^ Williams, Kate (December 2014). "The Year in Cookbooks: Our Favorite Reads of 2014". Seirous Eats. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  22. ^ "2015 Leadership Award Honoree Bryant Terry". James Beard Foundation. Retrieved April 5, 2017.

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