It's the year of the dragon for the Chinese, who'll be ringing in the Lunar New Year on January 23, but according to FoodChannel.com, 2012 is also the year of the YouTube Chef.
Google placed their bets on the culinary craze in October when they launched YouTube's Next Chef program, a 12-week virtual class on making videos centered around cookery.
The program allowed 16 selected students to participate in lessons and receive individual mentoring from industry leaders, along with $5,000 worth of equipment and $10,000 worth of YouTube promotion.
In August of last year, TIME magazine dubbed YouTube "The Other Cooking Channel" in an article on home cooks who've found fame (and small fortunes) through the video-sharing site.
HuffPost Black Voices has had our eye on a few rising YouTube chefs, and we've invited them over for "Sunday Dinner" this week.