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The Bon Appetit test kitchen’s race problem

Soleil Ho from the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about the race problems at the popular YouTube series' test kitchen. The channel has 5 million subscribers and almost 1 billion views.

She says black people make "extremely brief and infrequent apperances on the channel."

Model-turned-food entrepreneur Hawa Hassan is a "recent and refreshing addition to the channel as a guest host," and she's done two videos about Somali dishes so far. However, the limited scope makes Ho wonder if BA is trying to push hosts of color to focus on their own ethnic home cooking instead of "the broader repertoire that the white hosts, like Molly Baz and Christopher Morocco, get to dip into."

In a now-unlisted video, one contributing editor, Priya Krishna, was careful to use "I" statements when talking about Northern Indian cuisine. "But the video editors pair her statements with infographics that frame her personal observations as generalized and inaccurate claims."
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Tags: food / food industry, race / racism, web series / youtube
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