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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir (edição 2020)

por Kwame Onwuachi (Autor)

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"Kwame Onwuachi's story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world." --Questlove   By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year) had opened--and closed--one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars that he made from selling candy on the subway, yet he'd been told he would never make it on television because his cooking wasn't "Southern" enough. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age. Growing up in the Bronx, as a boy Onwuachi was sent to rural Nigeria by his mother to "learn respect." However, the hard-won knowledge gained in Africa was not enough to keep him from the temptation and easy money of the streets when he returned home. But through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral, embarking on a new beginning at the bottom of the culinary food chain as a chef on board a Deepwater Horizon cleanup ship, before going on to train in the kitchens of some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country and appearing as a contestant on Top Chef. Onwuachi's love of food and cooking remained a constant throughout, even when he found the road to success riddled with potholes. As a young chef, he was forced to grapple with just how unwelcoming the world of fine dining can be for people of color, and his first restaurant, the culmination of years of planning, shuttered just months after opening. A powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest story of chasing your dreams--even when they don't turn out as you expected--Notes from a Young Black Chef is one man's pursuit of his passions, despite the odds. "This is an astonishing and open-hearted story from one of the next generation's stars of the culinary world. I am so excited to see what the future holds for Chef Kwame--he is a phoenix, rising into better and better things and showing us all what it means to be humble, hungry, and daring." --José Andrés… (mais)
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Título:Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir
Autores:Kwame Onwuachi (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2020), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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The young adult version of this book by Kwame Onwuachi continues my amazement at how chefs put up so much in their training to become chefs. Onwuachi, in particular, had an amazing climb. Growing up in the Bronx, he became involved in gang activity and was kicked out of college for dealing drugs. But his mother, a caterer, was a fierce supporter of his abilities. She helped get him a job as a cook on a boat cleaning up after the oil spill in Louisiana, which led him to running a catering company and the realization he needed training and he attended the CIA and then a hell of a training period and hard won fame including appearing on Top Chef. If nothing else, kids reading the young adult version of the book, will discover, you can get out of the hole you created for yourself, but choosing a career as chef is a hard way to do it. ( )
  brangwinn | Apr 13, 2021 |
Raw and fiery, this book tells us of Onwuachi's story, growing up in New York and Nigeria, clawing his way to the top. His enthusiasm is infectious, his energy powerful and his determination gritty. The reader gets a sense that there are no secret - from his drug use to his failed restaurant - there is a willingness to lay everything bare. The ending is a bit crunchy: he does sound extremely conceited but isn't an unshakable faith a driver of success? I certainly applaud his vision and hope he will realise it.
A passionate tale, with recipes for the serious cook, which I definitely recommend. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Feb 6, 2021 |
I'm totally neutral on food writing, but this book is so good! Kwame has this young audacious confidence, but he doesn't shy away from writing about his abusive father, his college time drug dealing, the poor possibly racist treatment in the very few restaurants he ever worked in before opening one, and the quick demise of his first venture. The writing here is really solid and the story is interesting. I listened on audio and highly recommend it, but may buy a print copy just to put on my favorites shelf. And each chapter ends with a recipe. ( )
  KimMeyer | Sep 8, 2020 |
I was new to Kwame’s story, having never seen him on Iron Chef, but it was fascinating. I can see why some people think he comes across as arrogant, but I also admire his vision. His very different experiences in New York City, Baton Rouge, and Nigeria speak volumes about the current state of racial relations in our country. His diverse background made for a compelling read and a harrowing glimpse into the life of a young black man in America. ( )
  bookworm12 | Feb 5, 2020 |
From Louisiana to the Bronx, from Nigeria and to the Culinary Institute, landing in Washington D. C. this young man has learned to cook his own story, his own culture. A childhood filled with abuse from his father, support and love from his mother, to his grandfather in Nigeria, who taught him that his ancestors would always be part of him. Selling drugs in college, then cooking for some of the best restaurants to competing Top Chef, he has pulled himself together and fought for a life of which he could be proud. As I was reading this I was thinking to myself, How many different lives he has lived." He has fought for recognition, struggled to change the opinions of those who thought a
Black Chef shouldn't be in fine dining.

I enjoy cooking, and this book contains reckless, or a pdf file for those like myself, who listened. The food mentioned here was such a variety, some down home easier meals to recipes and ingredients of which I had never heard. I fell into his story, sympathized with him during his struggles, felt sad for the young boy who was abused. His first foray into running his own restaurant was not successful due to many circumstances out of his control but I hope his future endeavors will be more successful.

He reads his own story and it was impactful to hear his own story in his own voice. Some readers may find his words, the anger behind them at times, arrogant or agressive. I though understood and think he needed and still needs these qualities to survive and thrive. ( )
  Beamis12 | Aug 7, 2019 |
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"Kwame Onwuachi's story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world." --Questlove   By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year) had opened--and closed--one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars that he made from selling candy on the subway, yet he'd been told he would never make it on television because his cooking wasn't "Southern" enough. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age. Growing up in the Bronx, as a boy Onwuachi was sent to rural Nigeria by his mother to "learn respect." However, the hard-won knowledge gained in Africa was not enough to keep him from the temptation and easy money of the streets when he returned home. But through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral, embarking on a new beginning at the bottom of the culinary food chain as a chef on board a Deepwater Horizon cleanup ship, before going on to train in the kitchens of some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country and appearing as a contestant on Top Chef. Onwuachi's love of food and cooking remained a constant throughout, even when he found the road to success riddled with potholes. As a young chef, he was forced to grapple with just how unwelcoming the world of fine dining can be for people of color, and his first restaurant, the culmination of years of planning, shuttered just months after opening. A powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest story of chasing your dreams--even when they don't turn out as you expected--Notes from a Young Black Chef is one man's pursuit of his passions, despite the odds. "This is an astonishing and open-hearted story from one of the next generation's stars of the culinary world. I am so excited to see what the future holds for Chef Kwame--he is a phoenix, rising into better and better things and showing us all what it means to be humble, hungry, and daring." --José Andrés

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