Black Excellence: Shenarri Freeman

Chef Shenarri Freeman, aka “Shenarri Greens,” is the Executive Chef of Cadence, a plant-based restaurant with Southern soul in New York’s East Village. At Cadence, Chef Shenarri, a James Beard Award semifinalist in 2022 and 2023, taps into her Virginia upbringing and vegan ethos, and spotlights Southern foodways through the lens of health and sustainability. Many of Chef Shenarri’s signature dishes have roots in the foods she enjoyed at home with her family, all reimagined in plant-based form.