Did you know that Chef Hemings (1765–1801) brought Mac and cheese to America.
James Hemings was born in Virginia in 1765 and enslaved to Thomas Jefferson at the age of eight.
Chef James was trained in Paris, yet he was born into slavery and lived much of his life enslaved. At thirty years of age, he negotiated for legal manumission and began his life as a free man.
James’s boss was a particular dork for a dish called macaroni pie, a baked concoction then-prepared with a generous bumper of bourbon.
YES. I said bourbon in Mac and cheese
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