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Ietef ‘DJ Cavem’ Vita and Soul Food Scholar Adrian Miller talk about diversifying top culinary award

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James Beard Awards DJ Cavem Adrian Miller
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Denver native, vegan chef and rapper Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita (left) poses alongside Denver’s Soul Food Scholar and culinary historian Adrian Miller (right) and award-winning chef Martin Yan (center) at the 2022 James Beard Awards in Chicago.

The James Beard Awards are one of the top prizes in the culinary world. This year's ceremony included a recommitment to upholding "racial and gender equity, community, sustainability and a culture where all can thrive." Denver culinary ambassador Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita, a vegan chef and rapper, was one of this year's judges. He joins us along with Denver's Soul Food Scholar and culinary historian, Adrian Miller, who won an award for "reference and scholarship" for his book, "Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue."