Notes from a Young Black Chef (Book Review)

Notes from a Young Black Chef (Book Review)

Notes from a Young Black Chef book Review

I enjoyed this cooking memoir of what it is like to be a young black chef in America.

The author’s mother was a caterer, abusive dad an architect, and he spent some of is youth in Nigeria, between getting in standard issue trouble in the Bronx. He started to cater too and realized his ticket out of the doldrums could be going to the Culinary Institute of America. He became a line chef in some of the top Michelin star restaurants in America, was on Top Chef, and eventually opened his own fine dining restaurant.

This book gives an unvarnished look behind the scenes in the top restaurant trade, not only in terms of race, but in the kind of tireless work that is involved. It is enjoyable to watch his candid arc, from aimless to focused, down-trodden to passionate. Also there are recipes included.

You might enjoy reading this small slice of one black life, as we try to help along the Black Lives Matters movement. I give this read five stars.

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. John gregory 4 years ago

    Thank you….where do you find time?

    Let me re-phrase that,
    I embrace sloth….

    • Author
      Polly Castor 4 years ago

      No power for a week helps…

  2. Sue Krevitt 4 years ago

    Thank you! (Your Every Post is excellent!)

    Tho you had no power for a week, your email posts came in anyhoo. See how power-full you are?!

    Btw: I made your Fabulous Fish Tacos (I ferget your name for em) and they were BEYOND delicious!!
    Thank you.


  3. LOREE A. OGAN 4 years ago

    He went to Culinary Institute of America- not Culinary Arts Institute! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did.

    • Author
      Polly Castor 4 years ago

      Thanks! I fixed it!


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