A native of Louisiana, Ederique Goudia is bringing that New Orleans flavor to Detroit’s historic West Village community as the co-owner and Executive Chef of Gabriel Hall, a Cajun and Creole restaurant, bar, and music venue. With over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, she also co-founded In the Business of Food, a foodservice-based consulting agency that creates curriculum, facilitates workshops, and consults for women and POC owned or led food businesses and nonprofits. Ederique’s commitment to a more fair, sustainable, and equitable food economy was the cornerstone for creating Taste the Diaspora, a celebration and showcase of the contributions of the African Diaspora to American cuisine here in Detroit. She is also the lead chef for the Make Food Not Waste Upcycling Kitchen. Most recently, Ederique was chosen to participate in the James Beard Foundation Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellowship and was chosen as one of 10 chefs named as part of the inaugural class of the Detroit Free Press 2021 Food Fighters for her work in aiding those in our community through the pandemic. She is also a member of the Junior League of Detroit and is one of the newest board members of Eastside Community Network.