Book Exam Review
Time Limit: 90 minutes
Due Date: Saturday, May 8, 10 PM CT
Kwame Onwuachi’s Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir
NOTE: You are prohibited from using your books, notes, or any other reading materials during the
exam. Since this is a closed-book exam, do not quote directly from the book! Do not copy or paste
from another source, including your own notes! Type your essay in the answer box given on the
exam. Otherwise, you will receive a zero for your grade! Your exam is a timed test. Any violation
of the student conduct code for examinations will also result in an immediate expulsion from the
course and possible suspension from Dallas College.
Book Exam Essay (100 points). The Book Exam pertains to Kwame Onwuachi’s Notes from a Young
Black Chef: A Memoir. On the exam, you must respond to the essay prompt stated below. Using your
own words, be sure to write a response that answers the questions in approximately 6-8 paragraphs with
complete sentences. Be sure to provide or synthesize specific examples from the book to support your
answers. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
Discuss some of Kwame Onwuachi’s hardships growing up in the Bronx. How did Kwame’s mother,
Jewel, introduce him to the culinary world? After being sent to Nigeria, what did he learn about Nigerian
culture and food? As a teenager, how and why did he join a gang? Expelled from college, what rekindled
his passion for cooking? What did Kwame learn from his restaurant work in Louisiana and on the Maine
Responder vessel? How did Kwame juggle his education at the Culinary Institute of America while
working as a line cook and caterer? Explain some of his early culinary successes. What challenges did he
endure at fine dining restaurants? Analyze the rise and fall of Chef Onwuachi’s Shaw Bijou restaurant.
Finally, what lessons did Chef Onwuachi embrace from his African diasporic roots and foodways?