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This Chef Fled a War-Torn Country as a Child. Now She’s Helping Other Refugees Rebuild Their Lives. [Video]

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This Chef Fled a War-Torn Country as a Child. Now She’s Helping Other Refugees Rebuild Their Lives.

Chef Jennifer Sebasigari’s culinary journey has been as unconventional as one could imagine. From aspiring to be a celebrity chef to championing immigrant and refugee causes by founding the SEBAS Foundation, Sebasigari’s story is one of transformation and empowerment.

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[02:40] – Chef Jennifer’s First Cooking Experience
[07:18] – Turning Struggle Into a Blessing
[14:01] – Deciding to Go to Culinary School
[21:43] – Finding Her Voice Online
[24:50] – Lessons Learned While Modeling

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Celebrity Chef Dreams Deferred – Chef Jennifer Sebasigari initially wanted to be a celebrity chef after seeing the likes of Giada De Laurentiis on TV. Once enrolled into culinary school, Sebasigari quickly realized that the path to becoming a celebrity chef was much different than she planned.

Live Fire Feast Fundraiser – As a refugee, Jennifer Sebasigari has an intimate understanding of the plight of the underrepresented. As part of her SEBAS Foundation, she has created the Life Fire Feast, taking place in Houston every summer. The event hires immigrant and refugee-led businesses and raises money for the cause as well.

Restaurant Story Telling: Just Start Posting – Jennifer Sebasigari had quite the online following prior to becoming a chef. Now, in the food business, she encourages restaurant owners to post early and often to share their stories with more people.


Chef Jennifer Sebasigari is a refugee turned chef and philanthropist. Born in the East African country of Burundi, her family relocated to Austin, TX from a Cameroon refugee camp while she was a teenager. Sebasigari began building a community online in around 2012 and graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, TX. After interning at Disney, she found her way into Oxheart. She is trailblazing a new purpose as the Founder of the SEBAS Foundation, using her influence to shed light on the immigrants and refugees that help feed the US.

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