Episode: VIII

Welcome to Culinary Conversation special segment Focused on Celebrating

Black Men & Black Fathers. 


A FIVE STAR SERVING OF Commitment, Discipline, Dedication, Legacy & Love.

African American men. In each episode, Fathers express their approach to parenting, careers, and skills they apply to navigate negative biases, stereotypes & systemic racism.

Featuring Actor & director CURTISS COOK, best known for his role “Douda” on the hit Showtime series the Chi. Joins us to discuss being a Black Father, Preventing police and gun violence, increasing Black faces in front of and behind the camera and utilizing cinema to normalize the Black male image.

We invite you tune in and enjoy a conversation designed to elevate and empower Black Men.

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A first-generation American of African and Caribbean descent, Chef Cynthia Chea Pean focuses on nutrient-dense, disease-fighting cuisine featuring ingredients, techniques, and flavors of the African diaspora. As an avid traveler throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and the United Statesshe takes every opportunity to expose herself to native foods and local traditions, adapting her recipes to honor the history and communities behind them.

Her innovative and unique globally inspired cuisine is beloved by A-list Hollywood celebrities, Tastemakers, and political icons.

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Actor & Director


An actor who began his career struggling on Broadway as a single father of 3 children, Curtiss first caught the bug for acting early in life in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Following his passion, he put everything he had into solidifying his future career as an actor. Curtiss became the first American to receive a full-ride scholarship to London’s prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He then moved to NYC and began performing on Broadway, including in productions of “The Lion King” and “Miss Saigon.” Despite being a single father of 3 children, Curtiss received encouragement and help from his family to audition for television and film and is now best known for projects including ARBITRAGE, THE INTERPRETER, and SHUTTER ISLAND, along with roles in series such FX’s “Mayans MC,” NBC’s “Manifest” as Netflix’s “House of Cards,” “Luke Cage” and “Narcos,” to name a few. He is most known for his character “Douda” on the hit Showtime series The Chi. And although he is extremely grateful for the accolades he is accumulating, his most important role is being a father.



Quinoa Fried Rice


2 cups cooked Quinoa (refrigerated overnight) 

1/4 small Onion  – chopped

2 large Carrots – peeled and diced

1/2 cup Frozen Peas

Heaping handful – Snowpeas

Heaping handful – Bean sprouts

3 Scallions/Green Onion – thinly sliced

3 Garlic cloves-  minced

1 tablespoon Ginger – minced

4 tablespoons  Toasted Sesame oil

1 tsp Five Spice Seasoning

1 tsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Appliances/Utensils – Heavy bottom fry pan. Cast iron skillet is perfect!