Philly's Omar Tate discusses the genesis of Honeysuckle Projects & Honeysuckle Provisions, and his parallel paths as both chef and artist.
Omar Tate attained national prominence with his deeply personal Honeysuckle pop-up dinners. In addition to drawing enthusiastic diners wherever they were staged, he received accolades such as being named Esquire's "Chef of the Year" in 2020. After pandemic pivots which included a residency at Blue HIll Stone Barns, Omar and his wife Cybille St. Aude-Tate, have launched Honeysuckle Projects to, in their own words, "[expand] into a network of community spaces centered around the values of ancestry, nourishment and reclamation. This brand represents business structures that stem from a distinct philosophy where Black and Afrocentric ideology are at the center." The first space is Honeysuckle Provisions in West Philadelphia.
During the recent Philly Chef Conference, Omar made time to sit down with Andrew and discuss his life and career, as both chef and artist.
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* Photo of Omar & Andrew by Bailey King.