Mavis-Jay Sanders


Mavis-Jay  Sanders



New York, NY

Mavis-Jay is a chef who believes in sustainably raised ingredients, thoughtfully prepared. She is a social and racial equity advocate that has dedicated her career to fighting for food justice in Black and low-income communities. In 2019, she was honored as one of Star Chefs’ New York Rising Star Chef. She is a James Beard Chef’s Boot Camp alum, a mentor to the James Beard Foundation’s Fellowship Program,  and a Chef’s Collaborative scholar. She can also be found on the advisory board of the Queer Food Foundation, on God’s Love We Deliver’s culinary counsel, and in the Black Farmer’s Fund pilot community. Mavis-Jay’s food focuses on celebrating Black American heritage and joy it's journey to reclaim Black food sovereignty. Most recently, she joined the team at Drive Change as Director of Culinary Development and Education.

Awards & Accolades

  • Star Chef - New York Rising Star Chef 2019