31. Being Young, Gifted and Black in the Culinary World with Brandon Butts

In 2011, Brandon decided to take his life-long love and talent for cooking to the next level by getting his first job in the restaurant industry. The reality of the industry was not as sunny as Brandon expected though. After years of packed, no-weekend work schedules and being on the receiving end of an intense amount of pressure and scrutiny, Brandon chose to exit the food business and enjoy his cooking skills outside of the workplace. In the summer of 2021, Brandon stumbled upon a book that finally could speak to his experience in the restaurant industry, Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi. In the book, Kwame takes the reader through the extreme highs and lows of a career in food and all the obstacles that come with being Black in the industry. In this episode, we talk about the overlap between Brandon and Kwame’s stories as well as theatre and some of Brandon’s funniest memories with food. This is a must-listen for any foodies out there!

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