First Press Vol. 26 No. 03

BCAGlobal launches first cohort validation in Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community


Supported and sponsored by the Hilton Effects Foundation, BCAGlobal launched the Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community Fellowship Program, centered around the context of food, race, and social justice, and bringing this intensive educational training to food professionals has the goal of impacting the industry and community.

“For me, the MEBC Culinary Validation is an opportunity for food professionals to come together and discuss the issues impacting our customers while also plotting a path for change within the industry and our communities. We have the responsibility to practice culinary mindfulness in our daily lives but also through our cooking. We have the capacity to instill mindfulness in every worker and make a difference in the preparation and serving through food.” states curriculum facilitator Dr. Watson Baldwin DHTM, THEI Hong Kong.

“One of the things that we need to remember is that without rigorous training through an equity lens our food and hospitality industry will still struggle with the necessary thought leadership wherever food is prepared and served, this is the value proposition of this program. I applaud the Hilton Effects Foundation for supporting this important vision” states Alex Askew, President BCAGlobal.

“The Beloved Community” is a term that was first coined in the early days of the 20th Century by the philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce, who founded the Fellowship of Reconciliation. However, it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who popularized the term and invested it with a deeper meaning that has captured the imagination of people of goodwill all over the world. Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which the health of all people from all spectrums is necessary for a productive and well community. Economic and social justices are the twin pillars supporting the Beloved Community. These twin pillars are also necessary for a healthy society.

BCAGlobal ( is a national non-profit, culinary/foodservice, and hospitality career advancement organization. Our objective is to advance diversity by creating exposure, professional and educational opportunities for culinary and hospitality professionals of color.

The Hilton Effect Foundation ( was launched in 2019 as part of Hilton’s 100th-anniversary celebration, to further ensure that the Hilton Effect would continue for generations to come. With the mission to create a better world to travel, the Foundation invests in both organizations and people having a positive impact on the communities Hilton serves, in alignment with Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals to cut our environmental footprint in half and double our social impact investment.

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