Roshara Sanders

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It was a declaration she made in 2016 as part of the inaugural class of NBCBLK28 — in which NBCBLK recognized 28 trailblazers under the age of 28.

Written by Mashaun d. Simon

She cooks, she told NBC News, because food is essential — "You can't live without food.".

Photos by Debbie Lemonte


Before graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Roshara was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the 4th Engineer Battalion, Roshara served as an automated logistical specialist responsible for supervising warehouse functions to maintain equipment records and parts. When Roshara returned stateside she joined the 395th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and was allowed to cross train as a food supply specialist. “I was passionate about cooking,” Roshara says, “and I prepared meals for 500 soldiers, three times a day, in shifts around the clock. If it weren’t for the GI Bill I wouldn’t have gone to the Culinary Institute of America or any college for that matter. It was a blessing and it made my dream a reality.” Roshara’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. She holds Campaign Medals from Iraq and Afghanistan, a Navy/Marine Achievement Medal, and she was the December 2014 Chef of the Month for Chef Works, an international foodservice uniform company. Roshara was sponsored by Remy Martin Cognac Company and inducted into the Circle of Centaurs mentorship program. On November 11, 2015, Roshara was featured on a special Veteran’s Day episode of Food Network’s hit show “Chopped” that included military vets competing from every branch Army, Marines, Air Force, and Navy. Roshara won the competition beating chefs twice her age and experience! In 2016, NBC Black named Chef Roshara Sanders to their annual “28 Under 28” list alongside other inspiring African Americans like Cam Newton. Roshara currently serves as a celebrity ambassador for Habitat for Humanity International, and most recently traveled to Malawi on behalf of the organization. In 2018, Roshara signed a partnership deal with consumable goods manufacturer, Microfoodery, for a line of products bearing her name. Chef Roshara Sanders was recently invited to present a feature dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City in November of 2018 in honor of Veterans Day.