Impressions

A Chef’s Favorite City to Food Shop

James Beard Award–winning Kwame Onwuachi on the flavors of Mumbai, the food shopping in Tokyo, and his favorite Amharic word.

Highly subjective takes on life’s most interesting experiences.


What was your most surreal travel experience?

My most surreal travel experience was Mumbai, India. The city was electric, full of life and amazing food. I couldn’t believe the endless amount of flavor combinations that were so new to me.


Where’s the best food shopping in the world?

The best place for shopping in the world had to be Tokyo. From the fish markets to the unbelievable produce to the most pristine butcher shops.


Favorite word or phrase in a language not your own?

Gorsha. It means “mouthful” in Amharic. It’s an act of feeding someone directly from your hand in Ethiopia and it is one of the most endearing acts you can do to someone.


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Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi is a James Beard award—winning chef, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Notes from a Young Black Chef,” which is being turned into a feature film by A24. He has been named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, Esquire Magazine’s 2019 Chef of the Year, and is a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes. He’s also been featured on the Time100 Next list, and has been called “the most important chef in America” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Mike McQuade is an illustrator and artist living and working in Richmond, Virginia. His clients include the New York Times, the New Yorker, Criterion Collection, Nike, Apple, HarperCollins, Penguin Books, Pentagram, NPR, and the Atlantic. His work focuses largely on finding concepts through collage, and always aims for unexpected outcomes.

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