28. ‘Don’t Assume’ – Chef Merle Phillip on Being a Black Conservative in the South (And Why She Got Invited to the White House)

 Have you ever made a quick assumption about someone’s life or beliefs only to realize you were relying on a stereotype? Today the Belle Curve hosts interview a successful executive chef with a fascinating background who talks about what it’s like to be an African-American conservative Republican in Alabama when most people tend to assume she is a Democrat.

 Executive Chef Merle Phillip is an accomplished businesswoman who owned a successful restaurant called “The Eaves” for many years in Huntsville, Alabama, whose husband ran for Congress in 2010, and who has garnered a number of honors, including the upcoming opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to serve as part of the exclusive team who will prepare the White House for Christmas. 
Merle is known for artistic displays of her stunning fusion cooking and currently provides catering, special event dining personal chef services, and cooking classes.  

In this interview, Merle talks about her work philosophy, explains how she rises above criticism from unexpected people, shares how she was chosen for the White House honor, and provides her best business advice to aspiring and established business owners.

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