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Chef Lachelle is the dynamo at the center of the Twin Cities’ African-American food scene and is known for cooking soul food that thwarts unhealthy stereotypes and fuses in global flavors. She currently runs Chelles’ Kitchen with a mission to normalize healthy eating and reclaim the narrative around health through the exploration, innovation, and economic development of food culture centered on soul food history, nutritional healing and social justice. She is a classically trained executive chef and known for her work with Breaking Bread Cafe, a program of Appetite for Change (AFC), which is a non-profit food justice organization where Cunningham received many accolades for her food creativity and social justice work. In early 2018, Cunningham stepped out on her own to focus on building Chelles’ Kitchen. She also joined the Culinary Arts faculty as a culinary instructor at Saint Paul College as well as the team of instructors for the Neighborhood Development Center's Food Business Training Program. Her ultimate goal is to build her curriculum, Healthy Roots, as an institute that educates in the fields of food, health, culinary arts and food business development.


 
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Thinking about what All-American story to share with you...and of course I thought of Lachelle Cunningham, whose story is an absolutely American one, and whose food-journey continues in adventurous new ways...What an inspiration she is!

—DARA MOSKOWITZ GRUMDAHL,
Minneapolis Food Writer


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What is Minnesota Soul Food? Chef Lachelle Cunningham Answers

MPLS ST PAUL MAGAZINE


People Issue 2016: Lachelle Cunningham, the people’s chef

—CITY PAGES


Chef Lachelle Cunningham explains what Minnesota Soul Food is.

—WCCO Off The Menu with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl


Their Mission in Minneapolis: Local Culinary Stars Thrive in ‘Foodie Destination’

RESTAURANT INC.

North Minneapolis Cafe Aims To Make Fresh Food, Create Jobs For Youth

—WCCO CBS MINNESOTA


The Faces of Minnesota Soul Food

—The Growler Magazine


Diversity adds vital depth to Startup Week

—STAR TRIBUNE

Mpls. soul food pop-up sets its sights on Super Bowl visitors

—MPR NEWS

Cover article: In Search of Northern Food

—LAKEWINDS food co-op REFRESH NEWSLETTER

Chef Lachelle Cunningham has left Breaking Bread to focus on her own kitchen

—NORTH NEWS


Lachelle Cunningham’s Mission

—MINNESOTA WOMEN’S PRESS