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Black Female Chefs Are Breaking Up the Cooking Show Boys Club

The sista-with-an-attitude storyline is tired and old. Welcome to the new school of centering Black women in TV food competitions.

Chef Syann Williams in the “Shrimply Spectacular” episode of “Hell’s Kitchen,” which aired in early 2021. Photo: Fox via Getty Images

I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I almost high-fived the television set during…