Osayi Endolyn is a writer and editor whose work reflects on food, culture and identity. Her writing appears in Time, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Eater, and the Oxford American. She’s featured on Chef’s Table on Netflix, The Splendid Table, and Special Sauce with Ed Levine. During her tenure as deputy editor of Gravy, Southern Living named her to their list of 30 Women Moving Southern Food Forward. In 2018, Osayi received the James Beard Award for column writing. Osayi is editing Eater’s Young Gun section dedicated to newer restaurant talent and is a recipient of the 2019 UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship. She earned her BA in French from UCLA, where she minored in Afro American studies, and her MFA in writing from Savannah College of Art and Design. A proud California native, Osayi has lived in the American South for more than a decade, though she’s often on the road seeking good food and drinks. She is currently based in Gainesville, Florida.
Osayi is a featured contributor in the following collections:
You and I Eat the Same (Artisan) edited by Chris Ying + Rene Redzepi • Women on Food (Abrams) edited by Charlotte Druckman (read this shout-out from Publisher’s Weekly) • Southern Women (HarperCollins) by the editors of Garden & Gun
In the August 2019 issue of The Art of Eating, Jessica B. Harris, Lolis Eric Elie, and Ed Levine had glowing things to say about Osayi’s writing.What Osayi's up to now