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Publisher Description

By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi had opened—and closed—one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had sold drugs in New York and been shipped off to rural Nigeria to “learn respect.” He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars made from selling candy on the subway and starred on Top Chef. Through it all, Onwuachi’s love of food and cooking remained a constant, even when, as a young chef, he was forced to grapple with just how unwelcoming the food world can be for people of color. In this inspirational memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age; a powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest account of chasing your dreams—even when they don’t turn out as you expected.

Biographies & Memoirs
April 9
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

funkytops ,

Great read. Many teaching moments. Funny and heartfelt.

I bought this book because I was a fan of Chef Kwame’s food at Kith and Kin, but I learned so much about him as a person, his perseverance and strong work ethic and his drive to succeed doing what he loves. The book is well written and a great read. Full of great and funny anecdotes, life lessons and observations. Also has some great recipes. You get a sense of what makes Chef Kwame tick. Despite failure and hard times, he manages to battle through. You root for him and want to see him win. I highly recommend this book and I’m waiting eagerly for more from Chef Kwame on how he built Kith and Kin into such a successful restaurant as the book stops just before the restaurant opens. I’d also love to see a cookbook soon. Well done Chef!