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Awards

Each year, the Southern Foodways Alliance celebrates men and women whose lifework enriches Southern food culture. Five SFA awards and honors recognize these cultural standard bearers.

2019 Smith Fellow: Fernay McPherson


A native of San Francisco, California, Fernay McPherson began her culinary journey with Minnie Bell’s catering. She also taught youth cooking classes in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. Partnering with La Cocina, Urban Solutions, and Main Street Launch, she has grown her business through roving pop-ups and catering for large companies. In 2013, Fernay was a part of SFA’s oral history project, Women at Work in San Francisco. In 2017, she was chosen as one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Rising Star Chefs.


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