Chef Nikki Steward and Ardent at ESSENCE Festival of Culture

Chef Nikki Steward (private celebrity chef and Founder of The High-End Affair) cooked and spoke at ESSENCE Festival of Culture in July – and she invited Ardent to be part of the fun!

Chef Nikki is a food and plant medicine educator and one of the most sought-after culinary entertainment chefs in the country. During the festival, she presented at two different experiences including the ESSENCE Wellness House™ and ESSENCE Eats™: Food & Wine Festival, where she was joined by a very special guest – Black Thought of The Roots!

The 2022 ESSENCE Festival of Culture delivered impactful moments and diverse programming, offering a variety of experiences and activations. This marks the first time the ESSENCE Festival had experiences dedicated to herbal infused cooking and wellness, and we were honored Chef Nikki featured Ardent in the inaugural demonstrations.

Chef Nikki showcased the Ardent FX and device accessories. She educated the audience about the decarbing process, infused cooking misconceptions, how to properly dose, incorporating plant medicine into your wellness routine, and more. 

Watch Chef Nikki do her thing and the Ardent FX in all her glory!

Ardent brings herbal DIY experiences to any space with an outlet. Our patented technology liberates the individual to make custom dosed, flavored, and portioned products at home.

The Ardent Nova and Ardent FX – dubbed the Easy Bake Oven for Adults – don’t require prior herbal, cooking or baking experience. Perfect for both the expert user and newbie! If you’re a beginner and don’t know what to make first, try creating an easy recipe like infused pizza or infused Fruity Pebbles treats

Creating infused recipes with your Ardent FX device? Tag us online at @ardent_herbal so we can feature you!


ESSENCE is the number one—and only 100% Black-owned—media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities. With a community of more than 31 million Black women, ESSENCE inspires a global audience through diverse storytelling and immersive original content rooted in Culture, Equity and Celebration.

About Chef Nikki Steward

Chef Nikki Steward is the creator of The High-End Affair and as a culinary artist, she has prepared gastronomical experiences for corporate leaders, celebrities, athletes and social influencers. Her niche approach to whole and healthy foods have enabled her to study under executive chefs from around the world. She’s toured with DJ Khaled and curated dinners for celebs, including Snoop Dogg and Quavo. In front of dinner crowds, she weaves stories about life, culture and local cuisine. Chef Nikki has mastered the art of herb, culinary and conversation. 

The High-End Affair Experience is a touring herbal culinary entertainment brand that brings together industry influencers for an evening of food and networking.

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