Natalie Keng, Entrepreneur and Atlanta Native, Selected Author of the Year Finalist

Natalie Keng, Entrepreneur and Atlanta Native, Selected Author of the Year Finalist


Atlanta, GAJune 27, 2024 – Natalie Keng, CEO ("Chief Eating Officer") of Global Hearth and leadership, food and culture expert, has been named the Author of the Year Award Finalist. This recognition is awarded for outstanding authors with literary contributions that are thought-provoking, impactful, and help build community. 

Keng’s book, Egg Rolls & Sweet Tea, was lauded by the jury for its compelling narratives, creative culinary expertise, and Resource Guide which supports local products, organizations ("Community Allies"), and fellow women entrepreneurs. One juror praised the book, stating, "I thoroughly enjoyed the engaging stories of Keng's childhood born and raised in Georgia, the significance of each recipe to her, and the detailed guidance on perfecting them. This book is essential for anyone with a diverse palate and an interest in the South's culinary heritage."

The nomination highlights Keng’s gift for leveraging food & culture as a platform for building bridges, supporting innovation, and developing leadership and engagement with corporate teams and organizations.

"I am deeply honored to be included among such a distinctive group of literary creators and works," said Keng. "This recognition underscores the importance and power of celebrating diversity and expanding the table, from kitchens to board rooms." 

Keng's bestselling "cookbook with a purpose", Egg Rolls & Sweet Tea, and line of premium, natural sauces are available for purchase on, Amazon, & selected retailers. 


About the Natalie Keng

Natalie Keng is a pioneer in the area of leadership development and teambuilding. Keng is the Founder/CEO of Global Hearth, a multi-faceted business that leverages the power of food and culture through its Cooking Up a Better World™ platform. Keng is the creator of the first award-winning line of fusion cooking sauces, earning her the title The Sauce Maven™. Featured in PEOPLE Magazine, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and more, Keng’s bestselling coffee-table cookbook, Egg Rolls & Sweet Tea, was selected a "2023 Best Cookbook" and is available in bookstores nationwide, Amazon, and


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