Men cook up their best for scholarship fund

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 02:47 PM

Photo: The Rev. Vincent Pryor, above, and Daryl Butler Jr., below, were among featured chefs at the sixth annual “Black Men Cooking” fundraiser in Gloucester. Photos by Kim Robins

The Rev. Vincent Pryor, above, and Daryl Butler Jr., below, were among featured chefs at the sixth annual “Black Men Cooking” fundraiser in Gloucester. Photos by Kim Robins

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Twenty male chefs cooked and served a menu of soups, seafood, salads, casseroles and desserts at the T.C. Walker Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 22.

They were helping the Epsilon Eta Chapter of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. of Gloucester raise scholarship money by presenting the sixth annual “Black Men Cooking.”

The Rev. Vincent Pryor was the Featured Chef. Also featured were three Junior Chefs, Darryl Butler, Anthony A. Ellis and Bryce Osbourne.

The Rev. Mr. Pryor is a native of Gloucester who graduated from Gloucester High School in 1980. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy serving for 20 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer.  He started Pryor’s Cleaning Service following his navy career and also attended the North Carolina College of Theology where he received his master’s degree in Theology and Biblical Studies. He now serves as pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church. He says he loves to eat and does the dishes, but really doesn’t know how to cook. “If not for my wife and sister, I’d probably starve to death.” 

Darryl Butler Jr. is a student at Gloucester High School and is a member of First Morning Star Baptist Church in Bena. He is the grandson of the Rev. Mr. Ward and Cleo Warren.

Anthony Ellis, a middle school student, is the son of Valerie L. Ellis.

Bryce Osbourne is also a student at Gloucester High School and is a member of First Baptist Church at Ordinary. He is the son of Charles and Terri Osbourne.

These four chefs and 16 others provided an afternoon of delightful dining. Seventy ticket holders enjoyed the delicious dishes and two Gloucester High School students will be the financial benefactors. Two $500 scholarships are presented annually.