Real Men Cook(r) -- Urban America’s premiere Father’s Day charity event -- will be held virtually on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st from 3-6 PM CST.  The event has become a highly anticipated celebration because it uplifts fathers and celebrates families in a spirit of unity, love, service, and joy. This year marks the event’s fourth decade of spreading a positive message. Because of this milestone, this year’s fest will be driven by the theme: “Our love as fathers has no borders.”  

With COVID-19 preventing the hosting of events where social distancing is compromised, Real Men Cook 2020 will be held on a variety of platforms. While the celebration will be presented in a new format, it will continue the mission of the presenting nonprofit, Real Men Charities: to emphasize family wellness and creative engagement for fathers and positive male influencers. 

Real Men Cook Sponsors

The following sponsors are pleased to present Real Men Cook 2020, a virtual event to showcase this Chicago-born tradition of family, food, and fun, starring and celebrating Black Men. 
Real Men Cook is the largest, longest-running, and most-anticipated Father’s Day celebration of its kind. It was conceived and launched in Chicago in 1990 by entrepreneurs Yvette Moyo and Kofi Moyo as a local Father’s Day family celebration. Fathers and father-figures donned a chef’s hat and cooked for the community. The original concept grew to be celebrated in as many as 13 cities and evolved into a national Father’s Day tradition. Proceeds from the event go to Real Men Charities, which provides programs that benefit and uplift the community. Throughout its 31-year history, celebrities, media personalities, ministers, politicians, entertainers, athletes, local community leaders, chefs, and everyday hard-working fathers have participated as part of their resolve to uplift the family and defy the negative images of Black American men often depicted in the media Some of the high-profile men who have participated as cooks and supporters include U.S. Senator Barack Obama who became President of the United States and referred to the annual event as his “family tradition.” Others who attended were Congressmen Danny Davis and John Lewis and the late Rep. John Conyers. Fathers and sons who joined past celebrations were Senate President Emil Jones and his son State Senator Emil Jones III and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and his sons, former congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Professor Jonathan Jackson.