Hometown Hero: Chef Tarik Abdullah

Original video by Created By Trix

Happy Foodways Friday, ya’ll!

If you’re part of the Seattle-based crew and haven’t had the opportunity to experience Chef Tarik then you’re not an official Seattleite (I hereby declare this as priority number one for Seattle induction). You probably recognize Tarik from his features in The Stranger, CityArts, and Vice – as the Seattle Food Ambassador in their five part series – aside from spotting around town hanging with the rest of the cool kids at Food and Sh*t or Li’l Woody’s.

Never heard of Chef Tarik? Morning Star? Midnight Mecca? In the Kitchen with Chef T? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU???


This guy is a BFD – big fugking deal – in Seattle’s food world. After competing on ABC’s The Taste in 2015, Tarik returned to the Emerald City to continue his legacy as a chef, entrepreneur, and educator. He’s not only heating things up in the kitchen as a leader in the black culinary world through his many pop-up breakfast and late night events – Morning Star and Midnight Mecca, respectively – but he’s bringing new dimensions to youth culinary education through his work at the Hillman City Collaboratory.

Through his playful reimagination of Moroccan and Middle Eastern flavors, Tarik show us just how fun being a chef of color can be. He brings an energy and passion to his work that clearly translates to every dish he creates. Above all else, Tarik is claiming his space as a force to be reckoned with in Seattle’s competitive, white-dominated food scene. He truly embodies #BlackExcellence through celebration of his black and Muslim identity, using food as an artistic medium and tool for change.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting or eating with Chef T, do yourself a favor and check out his Morning Star brunch pop-up this Saturday, January 30th from 10 AM – 3 PM at Bannister in the CD.

You can learn more about our hometown hero by visiting his website

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