Kwame Onwuachi Instagram Kwame Onwuachi is the chef of Tatiana in New York City and competed on Top Chef season 13. In 2019, he was a Food & Wine Best New Chef, the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Esquire's Chef of the Year. Kwame's the author of Notes from a Young Black Chef and My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef. Experience Onwuachi draws on influences from his life experiences in the Bronx, Nigeria, Louisiana, and the Caribbean. He opened The Shaw Bijou in 2016 followed by Kith and Kin in 2017 in Washington, D.C.The chef has since appeared as a judge on Top Chef season 19 and hosted the 2021 and 2022 James Beard Awards in Chicago. He opened Afro-Caribbean restaurant Tatiana at New York City's Lincoln Center in 2022. Education Onwuachi graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2013. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.