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Black in the kitchen: A generational shift is changing the face of diversity in Cincinnati restaurants

Nov 25, 2020 - Cincinnati Business Courier

The first time Christian Gill, chef-owner of Pendleton's Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, saw another Black person in charge of a kitchen, it was 2006, in the smallest in all of Disney's sprawling Orlando theme park complex. And that chef, known only to Christian as "Blue," was a sous chef, the second-in-command in the brigade system, the militaristic hierarchy that governs restaurant kitchens.

"I latched myself on to Blue because he had this attitude - he knew his job and was confident in wha...