Kwame Onwuachi: The Washington Based Chef Who Has Been Profiled On TIME 100 Next

Kwame Onwuachi. Photo credit: Jennifer Chase—The New York Times/Redux
Kwame Onwuachi. Photo credit: Jennifer Chase—The New York Times/Redux

Chef Kwame Onwuachi is living a life of dream after going through some rough patches in his life.

Kwame is the only son of a marriage that wasn’t meant to be. His mother, Jewel Robinson, became a chef and caterer after she lost her job as an accountant.

His father, Patrick Onwuachi, is an architect whose own father was a respected professor at Howard University, prominent in the Pan-Africanism movement.

Young Kwame’s life in the Bronx was a world of aromas — seafood gumbo and jambalaya from his mom’s side of the family in Louisiana; egusi stew and jerk chicken wings from his father’s side in Nigeria and Jamaica; even South Indian curries from a neighbour in the apartment building where he lived, writes the Washington Post.

This year, he published a book that detailed his life’s journey.

The title of Kwame Onwuachi’s remarkable memoir, “Notes From a Young Black Chef.”

Today, he was listed among TIME 100 Next. This is a new list that spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more.

In a profile about Kwame for TIME 100 Next, the head judge on the American cooking show Top Chef, Tom Colicchio said Kwame has “learned to be truthful with his food at a very young age, at a pivotal point in his career. That’s what sets him and his Washington, D.C., restaurant, Kith and Kin, apart: his decision to say, This is the food I should do. This is the message I want to put out there in the world.”

“The restaurant world is changing, and it’s becoming more inclusive. We’re starting to hear from different voices, and because of his honesty and his willingness to hold up a mirror to our industry, Kwame is one of the leading figures in that movement,” Tom wrote in his profile about Kwame.

Kwame was listed in the TIME 100 Next alongside Lil Nas X, Megan The Stallion, Adut Akech, Keke Palmer among others.

Source:|Time|Washington Post

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