Teaches his Jamaican Cuisine

5.5+ hours  ●  13 lessons  ●  29 recipes
Join Kwame, award-winning chef and best-selling author, on a culinary journey to Jamaica to explore his Afro-Caribbean culture, cuisine, and heritage.

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Discover exclusive video lessons from Kwame Onwuachi's YesChef class.

Travel to Jamaica and discover the roots of Afro-Caribbean flavors

Bring Kwame’s recipes home and discover how to make your food taste better than everyone else’s.

Get to know Kwame

Stream over 5.5+ hours of video, including a documentary that follows Kwame to Jamaica on a discovery of his Afro-Caribbean roots and flavors, alongside 12 bite-sized lessons that immerse you in his food.

Learn his secrets

Learn from the award-winning chef as he gives insider insight into the inspiration and drive behind his entire career. Master the foundations of cooking and the building blocks of flavor and cuisine.

Cook his food

Become a better cook. Get into the kitchen with a whole new repertoire of dishes that will elevate your cooking to new heights. Recreate nearly 30 incredible recipes that will reinvent how you cook.

What students are loving

"I want some of this chicken now! Looks so amazing. Worth all the prep."

Wendy A.

"This was the second recipe I cooked. The marinade was incredible, full of different flavors ( I use it in almost every dish now). I am Spanish and I can say that our food is great, but Jamaican food has been a surprise for me."

Maria N.

"Kwame, you have such a lovely connection with your Mom, it's a pleasure to watch you cook together. Thank you for an amazing recipe, I'm pleased to see you've included the chicken stock recipe in the notes. Clearly, it's key. Can't wait to try this!"

Helen G.

"Well Done , the mom thing is the best you made her day !"

Wendell P.

"Very clear instructions for even a novice to follow along , well done ????"

Sonia A.

"Thanks, Kwame, I was utterly transported to Jamaican and its delish cuisine. I swear that I could smell all the various meals as they were being prepared. Bravo!"

Sonia A.

"Great pantry intro! Can't wait for upcoming classs and to get my Island Cooking on!"

Robert C.

"A wonderful cooking segment.I love anything that has coconut in it can’t wait to try thisThank you Chef"

Celeste D
Celeste D.

"I made the jerk paste using dark soy sauce. It was a complete game changer. This recipe is delicious and a staple I didn’t know I needed."

Patrice C.

"Awesome class instruction. All of the foundational flavors of Jamaica beautifully demonstrated. Can’t wait to make these! Thanks!"

Vanessa L
Vanessa L.

"Excellent story! Made me really want to cook and eat some Jamaican food. That’s next."

Jeff y.

"Such a well done introduction into the life and character of this soulful young Chef. My YesChef journey is off to a great start because of it!"

John A.

"Great simple, summer recipe. Once your pantry is stocked it only takes minutes"

David B.

"I am so happy to see you here! Loved you on Top Chef, loved your book, and loved seeing the footage in Jamaica. "

Nanelle J.

"Looks amazing! What parts of the chicken are used to make stock that gelatinous?"

Marcus R.

"Excellent video and cooking lesson.Very valuable cooking lesson and I look forward to making stocks with newfound confidence. Thank you!"

Reyna R.

"This speaks to my heart. When I was a poor, single mother with two children - it was potatoes, potatoes, potatoes. When you spend time with something - you learn to feel it."

Michelle W.

"I have learned so much about Jamaica's culture and history - I absolutely loved Kwame's introduction! I can't wait to try these dishes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Ebony R.

"Excellent! This class was put together very well! From the beautiful jerk to the heart and friendship of the chefs involved. It profoundly moved me."

David K.

"I always wondered how the smooth texture is the process."

Vania S.

"Wow, this has left my mouth watering! I can’t wait to try cooking some Jamaican food."

Shelly S.

"Wow I’m so hungry now! I can’t wait to get cooking after watching this."

Nikki B.

"This lesson was great!! The only thing is that I would love to know how you guys made the marinade. At the grill the marinade added to the pans where nor described how to do it."

Nuno E.

"These stewed beans look similar to the American south I grew up on except the addition of coconut milk, thyme pig tails and spicy scotch bonnet.  Great tips! I’ll be making this.Love it!"

Vanessa L
Vanessa L.

"I love this class on Jamaican cuisine. I look forward to trying your recipes Chef!"

Celeste D
Celeste D.

"Learned something on the very first class. I never knew about taking the backbone out."

Andy K.

"Hello Iam looking forward to your series.  I love how you started your video different parts of Jamaica  ( my favorite was Carnation market)"

Lisa P.

"Loved learning and listening to the music on this one. Lecture on stocks priceless. Yes I will be trying to add chicken feet to my next chicken stock loved"

Celeste D
Celeste D.

"Very simple and easy to follow. The flavor is definitely amazing. Can't wait to start the cooking process."

Corrice D.
transform how you cook
Cook With Confidence and Intention

Learn how to recreate Kwame’s electrifying Afro-Caribbean dishes at home.

All Levels Welcome
No matter what type of cook you are, Kwame teaches you to make the kitchen your playground!
Cooking Fundamentals
Learn how to master one of life’s greatest pleasures. Become not only a good cook, but a great one.
Nourishing Loved Ones
Wholesomely feed the people you love, and learn how to cook with appreciation and joy.
Developing Your Cooking Style
From intuitive improvisation to developing your own unique culinary style, learn the skills that will form the backbone of your cooking.
Comfort and Confidence At Home
Gain a new sense of freedom and confidence in your own kitchen, empowering you to cook without fear.
Mise En Place
Learn the importance of 'mise en place', the French culinary phrase which means "putting in place" or "gathering".
Recipe Inspiration
Develop a collection of recipes that will get you cooking any meal of the day, any time of the year.
How To Prep Your Pantry
Never be unprepared again! Elevate your cooking by prepping your pantry with all the necessary items that will set you up for cooking success.
The Essentials of Afro-Caribbean and Jamaican Cuisines
Kwame uncovers the fundamentals of Afro-Caribbean and Jamaican cuisines.
Making Restaurant-Quality Dishes At Home
Whether it's with meat, seafood, fish, legumes, or vegetables, learn how to make fantastic restaurant-quality dishes for your family.
How To Create Your Own Spice Blends
Make Kwame’s famous All-Purpose seasoning and curry powder at home.
Balancing Flavor Profiles
Learn how to balance all types of complex flavor profiles in a simple and approachable way. These skills will guide you through your life as a cook.
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Kwame’s class

Join Kwame Onwuachi, the award-winning chef and best-selling author, on a journey to Jamaica as he explores his Afro-Caribbean culture, cuisine, and heritage. Get a true taste of Jamaican recipes and ingredients as you learn the secrets to making iconic dishes like jerk chicken, oxtail, rice and peas, curried goat, and beef patties with coco bread. Kwame’s classically trained chef background will feed your culinary knowledge as he teaches fundamental techniques that every great home cook needs to know, like tips for prepping your pantry with the utmost essentials and how to make the most incredible soup stock. Prepare for an immersive and flavorful joyride through the beautiful island of Jamaica and learn game-changing skills like layering and building flavors and how to cook with intention. Kwame’s class will give you a new repertoire of recipes and empower you with the tools to elevate every dish you ever make.

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Kwame’s lesson plan

Take a journey to Jamaica with chef Kwame Onwuachi, to discover the roots of his Afro-Caribbean food.

Kwame just landed in Jamaica, and while he’s not yet sure what he’s going to cook, he’s going to stock his pantry with all the essentials: jerk paste, marination, curry powder, and all-purpose seasoning, which he calls “salt on steroids”.

Looking for the secret of how to get your food to taste better than everyone else’s? Kwame will show you how. Learn how to make chicken stock, shrimp stock, and vegetable stock, and you’ll instantly elevate your food.

Pepper shrimp is one of Kwame’s favorite snacks. Growing up in the Bronx, he’d always chow down on the electrifying dish. Learn how to make this easy shrimp recipe, which is preserved in a spicy sauce.

Jamaican recipes are famous for imparting flavor with an overnight marinades. In this lesson, Kwame shows how to make marinades for three classic dishes: brown stew chicken, oxtails, and curried goat.

Beef patties are Jamaica’s ubiquitous fast food. Kwame teaches how to make the patty pastry dough, the beautifully seasoned beef filling, and delicious pillowy coco bread.

Transport yourself to the beach and make Kwame’s favorite fried dish. Rub the freshly-caught snapper with marination and all-purpose seasoning, shallow-fried until the skin crisps, then add Escovitch sauce, a spicy and vinegary pickling liquid.

Kwame grew up eating this "pot of wonderful magic liquid" with his father: a stew dish with gungo peas (pigeon peas), red peas (kidney beans), salted meats, and coconut milk. Make a huge pot for the whole family to taste the love!

Learn how to blacken and braise chicken in a rich brown gravy with a hint of spicy Scotch bonnet pepper. Kwame serves it with fried plantains and Calypso aioli, making it a fantastic dish that will be a total crowd pleaser. The essence of Jamaica on a plate.

Kwame’s mom, Jewel, is in town which calls for a celebratory meal: braised oxtails with coconut rice and pigeon peas. And of course, no family gathering would be complete without a refreshing rum punch cocktail packed with fresh Jamaican fruits.

Master your cooking skills and add flavorful dishes to your repertoire with this delicious curried goat and GBD potatoes recipe, prepared with a tangy green seasoning aioli. Learn how to caramelize, braise, layer flavors, and cook with intention as you taste each step along the way. Enjoy this delicious dish and refine your cooking skills.

Jerk, a symphony of flavors, encapsulating the finesse, attention to detail, and all of the nuances of Jamaican cooking. Learn this iconic dish known for its intense depth of smokiness, heat, spice, and flavor. The 3-day cooking process is totally worth it.

Master Curried Goat & GBD Potatoes with Chef Kwame Onwuachi. Elevate your culinary skills with expert layering, caramelizing & braising techniques.

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meet your teacher
Kwame Onwuachi

Raised between New York, Nigeria, and Louisiana, Kwame Onwuachi is known for his Jamaican, Creole and Nigerian flavors. The Top Chef star and best-selling author has received many accolades including: James Beard Rising Star Chef Award, StarChefs Award, FOOD & WINE’S Best New Chef, Esquire Magazine’s Chef of the Year 2019, and 30 Under 30 honoree by Forbes and Zagat. He will be opening an Afro-Caribbean Restaurant at New York’s Lincoln Center in fall 2022.

Discover Kwame Onwuachi’s dishes, cooking techniques, and favorite recipes.

Learn how to cook the foods that made Kwame Onwuachi the chef he is today. Make Kwame’s favorite recipes in your own home kitchen. You’ll leave Kwame’s class inspired, and with a whole new set of chef skills.

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Kwame's Story
Documentary | Inspirational | Kingston, Jamaica
Kwame Onwuachi’s Documentary Film
55 min

Take a journey to Jamaica with chef Kwame Onwuachi, to discover the roots of his Afro-Caribbean food.

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