Bryant Terry Welcomed as Portland Roots Festival Keynote Speaker

July 25, 2014 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.  In regard to his work, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”

AfroVeganBryant’s fourth book, Afro-Vegan, was published by Ten Speed Press in April 2014.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, which was named one of the best vegetarian/vegan cookbooks of the last 25 years by Cooking Light Magazine.  Bryant also authored The Inspired Vegan, and he coauthored Grub (with Anna Lappe), which The New York Times called “ingenious.”  Bryant is also proud to have served as the “humanities advisor” on the Between Meals cookbook project, which shares the recipes and stories of newly-arrived refugee and immigrant women and explores how they have nourished their families in the US.

Bryant’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Food and Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, O: The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Yoga Journal, and Vegetarian Times among many other publications.  As an exclusive speaker signed with the Lavin Agency, Bryant presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at community events and colleges, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Stanford, and Yale.

Bryant is the host of Urban Organic–a multi-episode web series that he co-created–and he was a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast.  He is a featured expert in the documentary film Soul Food Junkies.  He served as an advisor and made an appearance in the documentary film What’s on Your Plate, as well as the PBS educational film Nourish.  Bryant has made dozens of national television and radio appearances, including being a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Green, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, and The Tavis Smiley Show.

Bryant’s education efforts and activism have earned him numerous accolades.  In 2014 the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley honored Bryant (along with Tavis Smiley and Belva Davis) for his commitment to community development and transformative change.  In 2012, Hillary Clinton chose him as one of 80 American chefs to be a part of the American Chef Corps.  That same year TheRoot.com included him on its list of “100 most influential African Americans,” TheGrio.com included him on its list of “100 African Americans making history today,” and the San Francisco Bay Guardian named him “Best Cookbook Cheftivist” in the Bay Area.  In 2011 Bryant was included in Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100 list,” and in 2009, The New York Times magazine featured him among a handful of “food fighters.”  He was selected as one of the “Hot 20 Under 40” in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7×7 in 2008.  From 2008-2010 Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Fellows Program, a national Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and in 2007 he received the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education along with author and Educator Marion Nestle.

In 2002 Bryant founded b-healthy (Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth), a multi-year initiative in New York City designed to empower youth to be more active in fighting for a more sustainable food system.

Bryant graduated from the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in History from NYU and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana.  He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and daughter.

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