Onwuachi’s career path has been meteoric; in addition to his stints on “Top Chef” – first as a nominee in season 13, and more recently as a judge – he won a James Beard Award, opened five restaurants before turning 30 and was recently named “Chef of the Year” by Esquire (via Patch). His rise has been so astounding that a new film about his life, “Notes from a Young Black Chef”, is in the works, starring LaKeith Stanfield (via The New York Times).
Yet with all of these victories, Onwuachi isn’t saying anything quite above cooking for Jay-Z and Beyoncé. “It was pretty memorable for me,” said Onwuachi, who also nurtured Obamas and Dave Chappelle. “Being from New York, Jay-Z has always been my favorite artist, and cooking for him was one of the highlights of my career, I would say.” While some of the other highlights of Onwuachi’s career were captured in front of an audience of millions, the Gold Party was especially important to Onwuachi because it was out of the public eye. “It was very private. No press was allowed. And it wasn’t about that,” he explained. “It was really about being able to cook for someone I admired my whole career or my whole life outside of my career.” More importantly, did Jay-Z like what Onwuachi served? “Yeah, he liked it all! Onwuachi confirmed.
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