Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

Onwuachi, Kwame with . Knopf. Apr. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781524732622. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524732639. COOKING
Onwuachi begins by recounting an event he catered at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. In 2015, he competed on Top Chef and made Zagat's and Forbes's 30 Under 30 lists in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Still under 30, the author has already had a lifetime of career highs and lows, making for an engaging account cowritten with journalist Stein (Where Chefs Eat, Can I Eat That??). As a Culinary Institute of America graduate, Onwuachi is classically trained in traditional fine dining. His Afro-Caribbean heritage both sets him apart, as one of few black figures in this realm, and inspires him to share its cuisine with a larger audie nce. When his Washington, DC,-based restaurant Shaw Bijou closed after three months, he found renewed success with the establishments Kith and Kin and Philly Wing Fry. All of these endeavors underline the persistence that made his ambitions a reality. Though readers may be familiar with Onwuachi from Top Chef, they should expect to learn more about the many other challenges and triumphs he's experienced.
VERDICT A solid choice for fans of celebrity chef and pop culture memoirs.

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