Chef Huda poses for a portrait at the 2015 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood event at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Michael Rowe

Chef Huda shares his love of New Orleans culture and favorite foods with ESSENCE.

Tyrus Townsend
Jul, 06, 2015

Multi-talented, award-winning executive chef and owner of Pretty & Delicious Chef Huda is one fierce competitor! As the largest personal prize winning contestant on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, it was only right that she pay us a visit down at the ESSENCE Festival. Lucky for us we had the pleasure of chatting with her after an exciting food demonstration, where she cooked a local favorite, jambalaya, to a enthusiastic crowd. Here are three things we learned:

Importance of Healthy Cooking: "After dealing with some emotional eating battles, my personal goal is the change lives and food is one of the easiest ways to connect to people. When I first tried to cook, at age six, it was cereal and baked fish; luckily my mother awoke from nap before I could do anything disastrous. Let's just say I have improved and made it my mission to educate all of those who desire to learn."

Love of New Orleans Culture: "Every time you order a indigenous New Orleans dish you taste a piece of history. The authenticity of the culture is present in not only food but the arts, language sound and the land."

Favorite New Orleans Food: "Po' Boys, gumbo, shrimp étouffée and, of course, beignets!"

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