The U.S. Department of State has appointed Chef Ouita Michel to the American Culinary Corps, where she’ll be a global culinary ambassador on a mission.

Chef Ouita joins the ranks of other culinary professionals from across the country as a member of the organization, which is a diplomatic culinary partnership formed by an alliance between the State Department and the Beard Foundation. She’ll be working with folks like Padma Lakshmi, Samin Nosrat; Meherwan Irani, founder of Spicewalla, and fellow Kentuckian Edward Lee.

The Diplomatic Culinary Partnership embraces and utilizes food, hospitality, and the dining experience as diplomatic tools to engage foreign dignitaries, bridge cultures, and strengthen relationships with civil society.

This article appears on page 18 of the March 2023 issue of HJ. To subscribe, click here.