Stephen Satterfield on Restoring Ancestral Knowledge Through Food

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Stephen Satterfield is the founder and CEO of Whetstone Media and host of the critically-acclaimed Netflix docuseries High on the Hog. Satterfield is using education about the relationships of Black people with food and agriculture to inspire and galvanize. “Not seeing yourself as a part of a cultural narrative is deeply, deeply damaging,” he says. “I’m advocating for the language of food as a means of accessing difficult conversations, and generally waking people up about all of the connections that we have with environment, culture, society, that are right in plain sight.” He also wants his work to play a part in national healing. “I hope my work can be a small part of bringing back this ancestral knowledge, this deep knowledge that is in our bones that has also given us life and opportunity, and even in 2022 has the capacity to radically undermine the systems that continue to harm us and keep us down.”

This episode is part of Add Passion and Stir’s ongoing series Rebuilding which connects with leaders from across media, restaurants, education, government, and beyond to learn how they’re reimagining and redesigning their industries to make sure everyone feels a sense of belonging.

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Stephen Satterfield

Stephen Satterfield

Founder
Stephen Satterfield is founder of Whetstone, a groundbreaking magazine and media company dedicated to food origins and culture from around the world. He is among the most prominent and respected voices in U.S. food media, and host of the critically acclaimed Netflix docuseries, High on the Hog.

Whetstone

Whetstone is a multimedia company producing both original and commissioned content that tells the story of food. Its mission is championing food to expand human empathy. Whetstone believes that diversity isn’t just noteworthy, it’s what makes their work so essential. They’re proud to say this venture is led by women and people of color. When the storytellers are diverse, so too are the stories, its people, and their experiences.

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America is a docuseries with chef and writer Stephen Satterfield tracing the delicious, moving throughlines from Africa to Texas.

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