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Black Chef Spotlight

Updated: Feb 25

The last week of Black History Month...

I hope that you have been enjoying learning about some of the black chefs who have made exceptional contributions to the culinary world.  

I hope that after this month we can continue to celebrate their achievements. I hope you continue to not overlook some of America's most valuable Chefs. In doing so, we are acknowledging their triumphs as well as America's. 

As a Black American and budding Chef, not only has sharing these stories with you been educational, but also inspiring for me. I want to continue to follow my passion and live my life to the fullest doing what I love, which is cooking. 

Never forget that food can be a catalyst for positive change.-GTG 

Black Chef Spotlight

 Erma Jean Buford

Chef Erma Jean Buford was known as a culinary wonder and local Chef in her town of Okolona, Arkansas. She worked in Food and hospitality for 30+ years and received critical acclaim from President Barack Obama for her stellar contribution to the Food & Hospitality industry. Chef Buford was featured several times in her local and statewide newspaper for her desserts as well. 

 Not only is Chef Buford a wonderful Chef, but she was also my grandmother and one of my cooking mentors, along with my mother. My grandmother taught me the value of perfecting a recipe and having confidence in what you cook, which is really all that matters. 

I was a firsthand witness to the gratitude and love she spread through feeding people. Sometimes just out of the kindness of her heart. Both she and my mother have taught me the vast importance food has in bringing people together in sharing a good laugh over food. 

This recipe is an ode to Chef Buford. She was very protective of her personal recipes and would probably kill me for divulging this recipe. She would also be happy that I am sharing a valuable gift with you all. 

This icing requires no cooking and is very easy to make. You will be sure to use this recipe often. I hope you and your family will enjoy it. Happy Eating! 

Butter Icing Recipe


  • 4 Tablespoons of butter

  • 1 1/2 Cup confectioner's sugar

  • 1 1 /2 teaspoon Milk or Cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

  • 1/3 teaspoon vanilla

  • A few chopped nuts of your choice

Cooking Directions

  1. Cream butter and sugar well.

  2. Add liquid and flavoring and stir until smooth.

  3. Spread on cakes and sprinkle with nuts.

Creole Fluff Recipe


  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

Cooking Directions

  1. Whip cream stiff.

  2. Gradually stir in the molasses to which has been added salt, cinnamon and cloves.

*Chef's Tip- Use as a topping on any sponge cake. Sprinkle with Cinnamon and sprinkle with a few nuts.

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