Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. He is currently the inaugural chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.  

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

Terry’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Food and Wine, and Gourmet, among many other publications. Terry presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at community events, conferences, and colleges, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Stanford, and Yale. Terry 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.  

Terry’s education efforts and activism have earned him numerous accolades. In 2014, the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley honored Terry 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 the San Francisco Bay Guardian named him Best Cookbook Cheftivist in the Bay Area.  

Terry’s fourth book, Afro Vegan, was published in April 2014 and has received many awards, including a nomination for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category.  

Terry’s mentor, Alice Waters, has said, "Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege." He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Jidan Koon and their two daughters.