Talk: Kwame Onwuachi, Notes from a Young Black Chef

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$20 Full / $15 Members / $10 Students

  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accessible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Kwame Onwuachi. Photo: Rey Lopez


Kwame Onwuachi, winner of the 2019 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award, took an unconventional path to culinary success, having started out in the kitchens of an oil spill cleanup ship. In Notes from a Young Black Chef, Onwuachi recounts his childhood in New York, Nigeria, and Louisiana; his stints at Eleven Madison Park and on Top Chef, and his grief at the closing of the much-hyped restaurant he opened at age 26. Throughout, Onwuachi, now executive chef at DC's Kith/Kin, highlights the racism and elitism ingrained in the fine dining industry, and reveals the opportunities that empowered him to make change. Join Onwuachi and the Chicago Sun-Times’s Ji Suk Yi for a discussion about how diversity in the kitchen benefits both chefs and diners.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across disciplines. This program is organized in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival.