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Representation, mentorship important for young black chefs

Having mentors they can relate to and who make them feel seen and supported is important to young black chefs entering the US culinary field, where only 17% of chefs are black, according to Angela Burke. "Seeing the possibilities of what could be through a mentor who transfers quantitative and qualitative insight about the ways they've personally maneuvered through barriers can be a powerful lifeline," writes Burke, creator of the site Black Food & Beverage.

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