The First Foodie in Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée

After independence from Britain, Thomas Jefferson was sent to France to represent the United States, but he also had other plans- to learn about French food, wine, cooking, and then bring the cuisine back to this country. This plan included a slave, James Hemings, who was to be apprenticed to French chefs in order to become an accomplished chef who would ultimately teach his skills to another slave in Jefferson’s household.