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 Sporkful, and The Splendid Table. 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. She guest edited Eater’s inaugural Young Gun section dedicated to upcoming restaurant talent and was a 2019 UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellow. Osayi serves on the board of trustees for the Edna Lewis Foundation. She earned her BA in French from UCLA where she minored in Afro American studies, and her MFA in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. A California native and longtime resident of the South, she’s now based in Brooklyn.
Osayi is a featured contributor in the following collections
Women on Food (Abrams) edited by Charlotte Druckman (read an excerpt in the Washington Post) • You and I Eat the Same (Artisan) edited by Chris Ying + Rene Redzepi • 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