Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Kwame Onwuachi, Kith/Kin
Pastry chef Paola Velez joined the Afro-Caribbean restaurant this spring, bringing her tropical flair to the dessert menu.
I see a huge trajectory for the food scene in D.C.,” the chef said on WAMU’s 1A this week. “I just see it getting bigger and bigger.
I thought it was going to end with me opening the Shaw Bijou and getting three Michelin stars — like, this is it!
Kwame Onwuachi vaulted from troubled youth to overnight success to failure with a fancy restaurant in Washington, D.C. Now he’s drawing attention with a new book and approach.
“to learn respect.”
At Kith/Kin, Onwuachi emerges as a chef settling into himself, tugging at each intimate thread, braiding them into a modern celebration of the flavors of the African diaspora.
“I also learned about where food came from and how to value it,” he says.
Let’s not forget it’s only been 55 years since we’ve been able to sit in restaurants legally—my mother is 54 for context.
Kwame Onwuachi of Kith and Kin is nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year.