Chef Kwame Onwuachi x Chefs Club by Food and Wine

March 28, 2016

My first experience at Chefs Club was during this past Chinese New Year, where Chef Brandon Jew served up a festive banquet-style feast in the studio. As part of its new series of chef dinners, Chefs Club by Food and Wine hosts premiers of the most anticipated restaurants opening. To ring in the year of the Monkey, diners shared an exclusive sneak peak at some of the Chinese-American dishes that Chef Brandon Jew will be serving at Mister Jiu's (slated to open in San Francisco in early 2016).

This month, Chef Kwame Onwuachi took over the main dining room at Chefs Club. You may recognize Chef Kwame from Season 13 of Top Chef, or perhaps you recognize him as the dynamic chef opening a greatly anticipated restaurant, The Shaw Bijou, in Washington, D.C. As part of his Chefs Club main dining room takeover, he showcased dishes from his new menu, such as Hamachi, Butter Garlic Crab, Chicken and Lamb over Rice, Foie Haw and Steak and Eggs...just a taste of what's to come at The Shaw Bijou opening in May 2016.

Chef Kwame was born in the Bronx and has also called Nigeria and Louisiana home at one point or another. To help pay for culinary school, he sold candy on the subway and parlayed that opportunity into positions at Eleven Madison Park and Per Se. Chef Kwame uses cooking as his outlet to share these experiences; as a whole, his food evokes a sense of nostalgia with each dish serving as a chapter of his story.

His next chapter will commence in D.C.'s Northwest neighborhood at The Shaw Bijou, which he is opening with his former Eleven Madison Park colleague and Culinary Institute of America roommate, Greg Vakiner. What to expect? A 15 to 18 course tasting menu will most likely be served in the main dining room, while the second floor members-only bar will specialize in rare and vintage liquors. Other perks diners might expect are a dry-aged Wagyu beef program, herb garden, house-made charcuterie and beverage pairings. Chef Kwame reports that there will also be an interactive element to the dining, including tableside cooking and a kitchen tour. The idea is to present the diners with an experience that's about more than the food. The servers will also be tasked with helping tell the story to the diners. 

Chefs Club by Food and Wine 
275 Mulberry St
New York, NY. 10012

The Shaw Bijou
1544 9th Street NW
Washington, DC. 20001

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