Join CE as we celebrate International Women’s Day! This March 8th, we’re highlighting remarkable women making noteworthy strides in the food industry.
Celebrity chef, author and philanthropist Nik Fields, better known as Nik the Chic Chef, released her latest book, The Chic Chef Approach Volume III: Waste Not Want Not, in October 2020.
Having cooked for superstars like Tisha Campbell, Sharon Stone and Snoop Dogg, Nik is now looking to protect the average Joe’s pocketbook. This volume discusses the dangers of food waste and the importance of food sustainability while offering useful tips on shopping and pantry staples, how to bring leftovers back to life and how to recreate beloved prepackaged supermarket foods for a fraction of the cost (and with a much better nutritional profile).
Nik’s book launched just before the early-winter opening of her new restaurant in Arizona, the Chic Chef Co Café & Marketplace. Here, customers can purchase her full line of products including balsamic vinegars, spice blends, teas, flavored simple syrups and organic olive oil produced from her personal olive farm in Modena, Italy. The restaurant features a mix of seasonal comfort foods made from scratch, down to the breads and pastas.
“I don’t fit into the ‘normal’ box of African American chefs based on the foods that I prepare,” she says. “[But] I am determined to be a household name. I am an author, celebrity chef, philanthropist, brand owner and, most importantly, a Black woman.”
Check out Nik’s olive oils from our recent article on clean foodie favorites by Black-owned businesses.