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Lakeith Stanfield to star in adaptation of Kwame Onwuachi’s ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’


Emma McIntyre/FilmMagicLakeith Stanfield is ready to share an inspiring story with the world. In an new Instagram post, the actor confirmed that he will star in an adaptation of Kwame Onwuachi‘s memoir Notes From a Young Black Chef.

“One of the top young chefs on the planet is Black,” Stanfield wrote, captioning an image of the announcement. “So very excited to help bring his story to life, and to inspire all those who feel like the only thing they can be is the lie they were fed.”

He continued, “If you ever need to know what it means to be a G it’s moving through extreme conditions, opps, and adversity and still being able to say I love you at the end of the day.”

According to Variety, the film will follow the life of Onwuachi, from his Bronx, NY childhood, where he was raised by a mostly single mother, to opening his own restaurant in Washington D.C. at the age of 26.

The story also highlights Onwuachi’s struggle to become a chef in a mostly white, elitist industry. This includes financing his first catering business by selling candy on the subway and appearing on the reality series Top Chef.  His restaurant, Shaw Bijou in D.C., closed just 11 weeks after its opening.

This is the latest project from Stanfield, who has two films coming out this year: Lionsgate’s Knives Out and A24’s Uncut Gems. The Atlanta star also recently finished filming Stella Meghie‘s The Photograph with Issa Rae.

A production date for Notes From a Young Black Chef has yet to be announced.

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