Jefferson, who preferred Hemings’ recipe over the European version, served the dish at a state dinner he hosted at the White House in the early 1800s, Sonoma Magazine reports. After becoming popular among America’s elite, macaroni and cheese gained recognition across the country. In 1937, Kraft Foods created the Mac and Cheese brand that remains popular today.
High on the Hog, a Netflix documentary that features Black history, food, recipes and tradition, tells the story of how enslaved people influenced Southern cuisine. Hemings, who was born as a mixed-race enslaved person, is one of the chefs featured in the documentary, First Coast News reports.
Additionally, Hemings is credited for introducing meringue, firm ice cream and whipped ice cream.