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Toyota Green Initiative promotes sustainable living with chef Mali Hunter

Chef Mali Hunter outdid herself cooking and instructing her audience of assistant chefs on a recent October night in the kitchen of a home in Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood.

The event was hosted Friday, Oct. 12, by Toyota Green Initiative in conjunction with chef Malissa “Mali” Hunter, who is also the COO and partner of Tree Sound Studios outside Atlanta. 

As a three-year veteran of the Toyota Green Initiative coalition, Hunter travels to different locales making the “green” message relatable through her yoga sessions, organic recipes and unique perspective as an eco-entrepreneur.

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Photo courtesy of Toyota

When guests arrived at the event, they were greeted by servers with a delicious deviled egg tray, some stuffed with crab meat and some with bacon. It was a mouth-watering appetizer accompanied by a mature wine brand. Mali has a reputation for winning the crowd over with her passion for storytelling and knack for marrying the tastes audiences expect with clean recipes. The Toyota Green Initiative travels to HBCUs, “green” festivals and conferences sharing the tenets of an Earth-friendly lifestyle, providing a space for eco-thought leaders, and assisting local farms. 

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Mali Hunter and Janae (Photo courtesy of Toyota)

Afropunk has created an experience at the intersection of eco-consciousness and expression, that allows platforms such as the Toyota Green Initiative more visibility with an audience of influencers and trendsetters. The cooking demo and dinner curated by Mali and produced by the Toyota Green Initiative was an extension of Toyota’s motto when it comes to healthy lifestyles.

Each table was equipped with veggies that needed to be cut up so that diners could make salmon skewers. All the seasonings were on the table. Each table also had a crock pot for the delicious pumpkin, squash, diced tomato sauce and lamb to add for the perfect soup. The vegetables were all fresh and in line with Toyota’s commitment to continuing and elevating the dialogue of sustainable living.