Osayi Endolyn is a James Beard Award-winning writer whose work explores food and identity. She is co-author of national bestseller The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, with Marcus Samuelsson.

Expertise: food, culture, identity.

Experience: Osayi Endolyn writes at the intersection of food, culture, identity, and place. She's been published in The New York Times, Eater, Condé Nast Traveler, and more. She's a regular contributor to food-centered storytelling on various TV platforms, including Chef's Table and Ugly Delicious on Netflix. Her audio offerings have been featured on NPR's 1A, The Takeaway with Melissa Harris-Perry, The Splendid Table with Francis Lam, and the Sporkful podcast, for which the team won a Webby. Osayi's essays on subjects like the complicated origins of American fried chicken and the experience of dining out as a Black woman in collections "You and I Eat the Same" and "Women on Food" have been widely celebrated.

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