Notes From a Young Black Chef: A Memoir
By the time he was twenty-seven, Kwame Onwuachi had competed on Top Chef, cooked at the White House, and opened and closed one of the most talked about restaurants in America. In this inspiring memoir, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age. Growing up in the Bronx and Nigeria (where he was sent by his mother to “learn respect”), food was Onwuachi’s great love. He launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars he made selling candy on the subway, and trained in the kitchens of some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country. But the road to success is riddled with potholes. As a young chef, Onwuachi 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 memoir of following 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.
JLG Release: Aug 2019
Awards & Honors
2019 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
LJ Best Books - 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly*, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Crime: General, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
Kwame Onwuachi (1989– ), African American chefs, US cooks, Biography, Memoirs, Cooking, Bronx, New York, New York City, Rural Nigeria, Culinary school, Restaurant work, African Americans,