U-Turn: Hard work and dedication make Mariya Russell first Black woman to earn Michelin star

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  • Published on November 23, 2022
  • Last Updated June 23, 2023

Meet Mariya Russell, the first Black woman awarded a Michelin Star for her culinary skills at Kikko in Chicago, and the key to her success.

As we prepare for a season filled with food, family, and gatherings it is fitting to highlight Mariya Russell, the first Black woman to earn a Michelin star in the prestigious award’s 93-year history. Her motto, through any challenge, is “Let’s do this!” so it’s no wonder that this young woman garnered the award a few days shy of her 30th birthday. Passion, hard work, and dedication have fueled her journey to this place.

Now that Thanksgiving is around the corner, as you are preparing the meal, or simply enjoying it, let Mariya Russell serve as inspiration. Check out this week’s U-Turn video where host Suzette Webb tells us more about the acclaimed chef.


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