Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

Ghostwritten by Joshua Daniel Stein to give it a very readable style, a nice arc. The story begins when Kwame is at the height of his powers, catering a gig in 2016 at the opening of the National Museum of African American History, on the cusp of opening his own fine dining establishment in DC at the age of 26. Then we rewind back to his days growing up in the Bronx, whipped by his dad when things go wrong but learning to cook in his mom’s cramped kitchen. Living in Nigeria for a few years as a kid. Hanging out with various gangsters, slinging drugs, getting kicked out of college for slinging drugs, working as a chef on a cleanup ship for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, working at Per Se, studying at the CIA, starting his own catering business. Eventually everything unravels with the DC restaurant and we’re left wondering what will happen next in Kwame’s exciting life as a chef.