Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

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Kwame Onwuachi�s story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world.� �Questlove

By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year) had opened�and closed�one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars that he made from selling candy on the subway, yet he�d been told he would never make it on television because his cooking wasn�t �Southern� enough. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age.

Growing up in the Bronx, as a boy Onwuachi was sent to rural Nigeria by his mother to �learn respect.� However, the hard-won knowledge gained in Africa was not enough to keep him from the temptation and easy money of the streets when he returned home. But through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral, embarking on a new beginning at the bottom of the culinary food chain as a chef on board a Deepwater Horizon cleanup ship, before going on to train in the kitchens of some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country and appearing as a contestant on Top Chef.

Onwuachi�s love of food and cooking remained a constant throughout, even when he found the road to success riddled with potholes. As a young chef, he was forced to grapple with just how unwelcoming the world of fine dining can be for people of color, and his first restaurant, the culmination of years of planning, shuttered just months after opening. A powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest story of chasing your dreams�even when they don�t turn out as you expected�Notes from a Young Black Chef is one man�s pursuit of his passions, despite the odds.

�This is an astonishing and open-hearted story from one of the next generation�s stars of the culinary world. I am so excited to see what the future holds for Chef Kwame�he is a phoenix, rising into better and better things and showing us all what it means to be humble, hungry, and daring.� �Jos� Andr�s

Product Details

Price
$32.99
Publisher
Thorndike Press Large Print
Publish Date
September 25, 2019
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.6 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Library Binding
EAN/UPC
9781432865696

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About the Author

Joshua David Stein is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. A contributing editor to Food & Wine and the former restaurant critic for the New York Observer and the Village Voice, he is also the co-author of Notes from a Young Black Chef with Kwame Onwuachi, the forthcoming Nom Wah Tea Parlor Cookbook, and the U.S. editor of Where Chefs Eat.