Jessie YuChen is a Taiwanese chef, photographer, and food stylist based in NYC. She co-founded This Queer Kitchen, a platform that brings the queer community and its allies together through food-related content and events. Jessie seeks to utilize the power of food and image for creating positive change. Her experience as a queer Taiwanese-American in food media and restaurant kitchens shapes her practice of storytelling that blends food, photography, and visual arts.
We talked to Jessie about her inspirations, mission, and her experience as a queer Asian American chef.
What are your greatest cooking inspirations?
My inspirations come from the culture I grew up with, my diverse experiences with food, and the time spent with my loved ones.
How do you use food and image to create positive change?
Have you faced any challenges as a queer Asian American female chef?
Any advice for aspiring Asian American chefs?
Follow Jessie on instagram @thelescook / jessieyc.com