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James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Author of Notes from a Young Black ChefExecutive Producer at FOOD & WINE Magazine

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Kwame Onwuachi : Biography at a Glance

  • Kwame Onwuachi is a James Beard Award-winning chef and author of Notes from a Young Black Chef, which looks back on the difficult path that one tough kid from the Bronx took to reach his goal: becoming a chef in charge of a fine-dining restaurant.
  • Kwame trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning 30, including the groundbreaking Afro-Caribbean restaurant, Kith/Kin.
  • Since competing on Top Chef, he has been named one of FOOD & WINE’s Best New Chefs, Esquire Magazine’s 2019 Chef of the Year, and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes.
  • He is currently an Executive Producer at FOOD & WINE Magazine, and served as a guest judge on Top Chef.
  • His memoir is in development at A24 with Lakeith Stanfield attached.
Biography

A competitor on Top Chef season 13 in California, Kwame Onwuachi is a James Beard Award-winning chef and author of Notes from a Young Black Chef.  He was born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria and Louisiana. Kwame was first exposed to cooking by his mother, in the family’s modest Bronx apartment, and he took that spark of passion and turned it into a career. From toiling in the bowels of oil cleanup ships to working at some of the best restaurants in the world, he has seen and lived his fair share of diversity. Kwame trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning 30, including the groundbreaking Afro-Caribbean restaurant, Kith/Kin. Since competing on Top Chef, he has been named one of FOOD & WINE’s Best New Chefs, Esquire Magazine’s 2019 Chef of the Year, and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes. He is currently an Executive Producer at FOOD & WINE Magazine, and served as a guest judge on Top Chef.

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The event went really well and everyone was very happy to have Kwame be a part of the series!

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We absolutely loved the talk -- in all seriousness it was the highlight of our speaker series. Kwame was super engaging, easy to talk to, and really gave some incredible life insights. It's one for the books. 

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