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Kwame Onwuachi          

Author of "Notes From A Young Black Chef," James Beard Award-Winning Executive Chef, Top Chef Contestant

Kwame Onwuachi is the James Beard Award-winning former executive chef at Kith/Kin and owner of the Philly Wing Fry franchise in Washington, D.C. He was a contestant on Top Chef (season 13) in 2015. He has been recognized by Food & Wine magazine, Esquire magazine, and the James Beard Foundation as "Rising Star Chef of the year."

Onwuachi trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has opened five restaurants before turning thirty. A former Top Chef contestant, he has been named one of Food & Wine‘s Best New Chefs and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes.

He was born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. Onwuachi 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.

In 2019, Onwuachi published a memoir, "Notes from a Young Black Chef," with Joshua David Stein. The book tells the story of his childhood in New York and Nigeria, and the opening of the Shaw Bijou.

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Top Chef's Kwame Onwuachi: Where Is He Now? | Top Chef Blog

Kwame Onwuachi: I think my day-to-day life is much different. Whether I'm in the grocery store or walking my dog, someone usually stops me to say "hello.".

Dinner at Kwame Onwuachi's Shaw Bijou will cost $185. That's ...

Kwame Onwuachi, the former caterer, line cook and "Top Chef" contestant, will soon be a chef for real: He will open his debut restaurant, the Shaw Bijou, on Nov  ...

Kwame Onwuachi (The Shaw Bijou, Washington, D.C.) | 10 ...

Onwuachi spent his childhood in the Bronx and Nigeria, then sold candy on the subway to pay for ... hef Kwame Onwuachi (right) tasting at The Shaw Bijou.

Kwame Onwuachi's Shaw Bijou is one step closer to opening - The ...

To judge by his Twitter and Instagram feeds, Kwame Onwuachi has been in high acquisition mode as the chef and co-owner oversees ongoing construction of ...

Shaw Bijou chef Kwame Onwuachi is engaged - The Washington Post

Kwame Onwuachi, the 26-year-old chef behind the much-anticipated Shaw Bijou, has a lot of pans on the stove (sorry.) The former “Top Chef” contestant has a ...

The Dish: Kwame Onwuachi - CBS News

At age 11, Kwame Onwuachi was exposed to a new culture and cuisine when he moved to live with his grandfather in Nigeria. Now just 26 years old, the New ...

Kwame Onwuachi Is Leaving Kith and Kin in Washington - The New ...

The chef said that he would seek a restaurant of his own. Paola Velez, the restaurant's executive pastry chef, has also left, to work with two Washington ...

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