Culinary Artist On The Rise, Brittany “MaGa” Williams Shares Her Inspiration for Becoming a Chef

Here at Black Culinary Expo we love food and what we love even more than food is celebrating the people who also have a devotion to it!

Today we are commending a young lady who happens to love food and the joy of preparing it. Brittney Williams who goes by the name of Chef MaGa is a New York City based culinary artist. Growing up in Queens, New York in a Jamaican cultural background it’s no wonder Ms.Williams found her way to the kitchen. In Caribbean households the kitchen is a place where families come together and bond over good-tasting meals!

As we know being a chef is no easy task. Between all of the preparation that one undergoes along with the pressure of pleasing others, being in this industry takes a lot of dedication!

However she has proven her devotion and tenacity by cooking professionally for the past seven years.

Initially Ms. Williams did not embark on her culinary career until she realized normal schooling was not for her. When she enrolled in a culinary arts program and slipped on her white chefs jacket this is when she knew becoming a chef was for her! That gratifying moment of when passion meets purpose is the experience Williams had.

With seven year of experience one can imagine how hard it may be to choose a favorite dish to prepare. For her, that was an easy answer, Jerk Chicken!

Jerk Chicken is a staple dish in Jamaican culture, therefore perfecting it means more than just enjoying the meal. It’s the love, dedication and time that Williams puts into hers that’s makes the outcome so satisfying! The spider the better she would say!

When Brittany is not busy catering an event she’s working on her NYAM Supper Series.

Set to hit Toronto soon, NYAM is an event created to highlight the Caribbean culture through food and conversation. At this series of events guest can anticipate learning about the food through tasting and evaluating. What’s even better about this is enjoying the cuisines with the likes of other people to engage in conversation with!

To find out more about NYAM and how to book Brittany for your next event check her Instagram page! And let her know who you sent you!!

10 Black Owned New York City Restaurants You Should Visit

With New York being the city that never sleeps, one can imagine the many activities to indulge in while here. Whether you’re a tourist or native New Yorker, not many people can say they’ve seen all the big apple has to offer, especially in terms of food.

For those of you who want to attempt it why not start with some of the city’s black-owned restaurants. Yes, you read that right black owned. Even with gentrification at an all time high there are still places that exist within our communities that feel like home.

Here’s a list of 10 I think are worth visiting at your leisure.

Sweet Science 135 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Located in Willamsburg Brooklyn Sweet Science is known for the serene atmosphere equipped with a bountiful bar. The menu features classic items like the sweet science wings to the Joe Louis Burger. Continue reading

NYC African Restaurant & Food Week!!!!



We are happy to announce that Panla and A Taste of Africa USA are hosting their first annual NY African Restaurant Week from Sunday, October 13th to Sunday, October 20th, 2013. We would like to invite you to participate in this exciting and unique opportunity which celebrates the best of African cuisine and culture.

Contact us at for more info!!!!

Please feel free to ask your friends and colleagues to support the participating restaurants and be part of the first ever NYC African Restaurant Week.

The African Restaurant & Food Week (Oct13 – 20) is a cultural event that celebrates the best of the African Cuisine, wine, chefs, artisans, restaurant owners in both African and non-African restaurants across the city.

Madiba Restaurant BUKA Nigerian Restaurant, BrooklynPonty Bistro, Jollof , Tolani , Queen of Sheba, Le Souk Harem, Les Ambassades, Shrine ,La CAYE ,Toast 105

Purchase Tickets Here!!!

BCE: Inaugural Reception

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We hope you enjoy the recap via the above slideshow of the inaugural Black Culinary Expo Reception!


Our Menu For The Evening Sponsored by Charmaine DaCosta of Crude Food!

We’d Like to Thank:

Our host Nilka Hendricks of Hells Kitchen

Our Honoree Chef Josh Marks of Hell’s Kitchen

Our Honoree Miriam Osei Milord of BCakeNY

Petula Beckles

Adriane Mack of Mack Enterprises

Charmaine DaCosta of Crude Food & Lime Nation

Select Space Studios

DJ Anthony “Clean”

Nadege Jean

Lexine Emille

Tea by Tiffany


Reel You Studios

AtomicD Solutions, LLC

All Volunteers

and finally our guests for the evening!!!

Meet One of Our Media Sponsors: Basil Magazine


Basil MAGAZINE has quickly turned into a premier food, wine & lifestyle publication. The monthly magazine, with a readership of nearly 35,000 and growing, recognizes food, wine and spirits, but also has sections devoted to chefs, lifestyle issues and philanthropy. Basil MAGAZINE also lives up to its tagline “Eat. Drink. Live. Give.” by being the only national magazine that sets aside 10% of its revenue for charities.

Basil’s global features include celebrity & top chefs; foodies; book reviews; wine features & reviews; travel, living healthy & green tips; kids, and philanthropy. There is also a weekly radio show by the same name… The magazine also features monthly giveaways for its readers to win various cooking and baking products, books and travel essentials.

Basil attracts celebrities as well such as principal partner Rodney Perry, council member Bal Arneson of the Food Network, as well as other celebrity fans such as Celebrity Chefs Art Smith, Gordon Ramsey and Aaron Sanchez just to name a few. Other celebs include Patti Labelle, Jarvis Green, Jennifer Beals and more. “In this food and wine universe, there are many publications that offer their porthole into this world, but one I find that brings us to a delicious place, is Basil MAGAZINE,” said Art Smith, host, best-selling author and specialty chef for Oprah Winfrey.

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