As the Sorry to Bother You actor excitedly announced on Instagram Monday evening, Lakeith Stanfield is set to star as the titular chef in A24’s adaptation of Kwame Onwuachi’s Notes From a Young Black Chef. The 2019 James Beard Award winner’s memoir, written with Joshua David Stein, reportedly follows his life and culinary biography from a childhood in the Bronx to his years spent being raised in rural Nigeria, from a gig cooking on a Deepwater Horizon clean-up vessel to working as a line cook at Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park, from appearing on Top Chef in 2015 to opening, and closing, his fine dining restaurant the Shaw Bijou in Washington, D.C. in a span of only 11 weeks.
According to Variety, Chambers and Where the Water Runs screenwriter Randy McKinnon will adapt Onwuachi’s story for the screen. “One of the top young chefs on the planet is Black,” Stanfield enthused in his post. “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.”