In 1948, what famous Black female chef opened a restaurant in New York City that attracted numerous celebrities like Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and Gloria Vanderbilt?
- Carla Hall
- Edna Lewis
- Barbara Elaine Smith
The answer is Edna Lewis. In 1948, when female chefs were few and Black female chefs were even fewer, Lewis opened her own restaurant with John Nicholson, an antique dealer and bohemian with a taste for high society. Café Nicholson, on East 57th Street in Manhattan, was a huge success.
Lewis did all the cooking. Her dishes were simple, delicious Southern food but the café attracted numerous famous faces like Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Gloria Vanderbilt, Marlene Dietrich, and Diana Vreeland. More: The Spruce Eats