Kwame Onwuachi talks about public pressure, representation, and finding peace.

By Kat Kinsman
Updated April 18, 2019
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Episode 6: Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi is learning when to stop and take a deep breath. In the last few weeks alone, he's been named a Food & Wine Best New Chef and a James Beard Rising Star finalist, and published a stunning memoir called Notes from a Young Black Chef. In the midst of all the accolades, he's still at the helm of Kith/Kin, the much-celebrated restaurant that he opened in the wake of the very public and swift closure of his first solo outing. This might seem like a lot all at once, but Onwuachi has been training and hustling since he was a tiny child in his chef-mother's kitchen, and he's ready to step into the spotlight—he might just need a nap first.

Learn more about Kwame: Best New Chefs 2019

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