In 1993, three graduates of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, including the current president, Alex Askew, met to discuss issues concerning African-Americans in the culinary and hospitality industries. The formation of an organization then known as the Black Culinarian Alliance was created to analyze and address the lack of education, awareness and exposure for African-Americans in these fields. The Black Culinarian Alliance would prove beneficial for both African-Americans and the culinary and hospitality industries. With education as a cornerstone, the organization moved forward in promoting career opportunities for African-Americans in the culinary and hospitality fields. Operating as the Black Culinarian Alumni Chapter of the Culinary Institute of America, it was the first membership of its kind for minority graduates of a culinary institution.
Incorporated as the Black Culinarian Alliance in 1998, and now known simply as the BCA, membership is comprised of all ethnic groups and represents one of the largest percentages of professional women in the industry. Embracing this inclusion and understanding the rapidly growing multicultural audience and marketplace, the BCA continues with its objectives and remains focused on its mission as it pertains to all minorities. Our network assists industry participants in locating, attracting, retaining and promoting employees of color. This pool of culinary/hospitality professionals of color assists like-minded foodservice and hospitality companies to satisfy Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) minority hiring requirements; create and build a national awareness of their diversity programs, products and services; and meet social and community responsibilities.
October 15, 2013
Jefferson Evans Talks LIFE in the Culinary Arts October 15, 2013
Jefferson Evans became the first graduate of color at the Culinary Institute of America in 1947, and was later honored by BCA Global at the 1996 Cultural Awareness Salute Gala withthe Jefferson Evans Award. Symbolizing the importance of discipline, consistency and upholding the highest....
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