Chef Lachelle is the dynamo at the center of the Twin Cities’ African-American food scene and is known for cooking globally inspired comfort 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.