Kith/Kin Press Release July 6, 2020


 
 The following is a joint media statement from the InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf and Chef Kwame Onwuachi, who has resigned his position with the Kith/Kin restaurant, effective July 6, 2020.
 

WASHINGTON - Opened October 2017, Kith/Kin is the culinary brainchild of award-winning chef and author Kwame Onwuachi featuring refined Afro-Caribbean cuisine paying homage to his family’s rich heritage in Nigeria, New Orleans and the Caribbean. Both a vibrant and creative dining experience, the upscale casual restaurant is situated on the waterfront within InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf. Applauded by the culinary industry and public for its authenticity and excellence, Kith/Kin was listed in the 2018 and 2019 Michelin Guides, awarded DC Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2019, and named on Esquire’s 22 Best New Restaurants in America list for 2019, among many other notable accolades won by Kwame himself as a chef. In accordance with local regulations, Kith/Kin reopened to the public on June 5 for outdoor dining serving signature dishes such as Kwame’s famous smoked jerk wings, goat shoulder Trinidadian curry and the always refreshing cucumber and avocado shared plate. The latest updates on hours and operations can be found at the hotels website, https://wharfintercontinentaldc.com/.
 

James Ryan, General Manager, InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf
“On behalf of the entire team, we sincerely thank our colleague Kwame for his vision, passion and dedication in bringing Kith/Kin to life as Executive Chef. Over the last few years, Kwame has worked diligently alongside the talented restaurant team to share his family’s story with our hotel guests, loyal community supporters and food aficionados. We are proud to have partnered with a visionary of the global culinary community, cultivating a lifelong relationship with Kwame that we value to no end. We’ve grown together since opening in 2017 and, as Kwame enters this next chapter of his journey, we celebrate all that we have achieved jointly and wish him every success in his future endeavors. The original spirit and vision of Kith/Kin remains alive and well. We are excited for the future of this innovative, landmark restaurant and look forward to sharing more details soon.
 

Chef Kwame Onwuachi
“The vision behind Kith/Kin was to open new doors for diners, to educate them and to excite them, which I absolutely think we have accomplished. I wanted a place to cook from my heart, showcasing the food of my life, and celebrating my diverse heritage. I am so grateful for the last three and a half years where my team and I were able to make that dream a reality. I’ve grown tremendously as a leader here and learned so many valuable lessons that I will take with me throughout my career. I’m thankful for my partnership with InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf who allowed me to run with my dream of sharing Afro-Caribbean cuisine with the world. I wish only the best for my team and colleagues as I begin my next exciting venture.”