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Radio Program: José Andrés, Sean Penn and Marcus Samuelsson

This radio program from The Commonwealth Club draws on two separate events: "José Andrés and Sean Penn: A Conversation on Giving Back" and "Chef Marcus Samuelsson."

Noted chef José Andrés and actor/activist Sean Penn are of course each well regarded for their respective talents. But in recent years, they have worked both individually and together to provide philanthropic assistance to those in need. Join us for a program that will salute these efforts and discuss what we all can do to help others during this challenging time. Chef Andrés was presented with the John Steinbeck Award "In the Souls of the People." This award is given to writers, artists, thinkers and activists whose work captures Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes. 

Chef Marcus Samuelsson, author of the new book The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, takes us into a deeper journey of food, culture, and origin to appreciate the complexity of Black culinary arts. The deliciousness of modern Black cooking is only enhanced by chefs’ reclamation of Black culinary traditions, a collective desire to fight implicit bias, and an ability to energize young, creative cooks. Black meals are often categorized under the monolithic label of “soul food,” but Samuelsson reminds us that soul food flavors have influences tracing back to the African continent, the Caribbean, all over the United States, and beyond.

December 28, 2020

United States

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José Andrés

Chef and Restaurateur; Founder, World Central Kitchen; Author, We Fed an Island

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Sean Penn

Actor; Activist; Founder, CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort)

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Nicholas Taylor

Professor of English and Director, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

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Marcus Samuelsson

Chef; Author, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook
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Anjali Menon

Vice President, IfOnly; Member, INFORUM Advisory Board

This radio program features portions of two programs recorded separately.