Lakeith Stanfield of the Sorry To Bother You and Atlanta fame is set to star play the lead role in the adaptation of Notes from a Young Black Chef, based on the 2019 memoir by Nigerian-American chef Kwame Onwuachi.
Notes from a Young Black Chef chronicles Onwuachi’s upbringing in the Bronx, his adolescent journey to Nigeria to live with his grandfather, his rocky rise through the ranks of the fine dining world, his appearance on Season 13 of Top Chef, and the opening and abrupt closure his ambitious Washington D.C. tasting menu restaurant, Shaw Bijou.
Throughout the book, Onwuachi notably details the racism that he experienced working in some of America’s most acclaimed restaurants, including Per Se and Eleven Madison Park. One month after the book was released, Onwuachi received the Rising Star Chef of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation for his work at Kith and Kin in Washington D.C.’s InterContinental Hotel.
In addition to starring in the lead role, Stanfield is also on board this film as an executive producer. Stanfield is the only confirmed cast member so far, and there’s still no word yet on who will direct the film or when it will be released. Oh, in case you are still wondering who Stanfield is – he also starred in the 2017 Jordan Peele horror hit Get Out. Remember the black guy who was kidnapped in the beginning of the film and later turned out to be creepy? I’m looking forward to this adaptation because I have been following Onwauchi’s culinary journey and Stanfield looks like a good fit for the role.