Osayi Endolyn is a James Beard Award-winning writer with work in Time, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Eater, Food & Wine, CN Traveler, and the Oxford American. Her essays for the collections YOU AND I EAT THE SAME and WOMEN ON FOOD are widely celebrated. She appears in Chef’s Table and Ugly Delicious on Netflix, and has been featured on NPR’s 1A, the Splendid Table, and the Sporkful podcast for which she won a 2020 Webby.
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. In 2019, Osayi was awarded the UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food & Farming Journalism Fellowship. That same year, Eater invited her to guest edit the inaugural Eater Young Gun section with stories focused on newcomers to the industry. In 2018, Southern Living named her one of 30 Women Moving Southern Food Forward. She serves on the board of trustees for the Edna Lewis Foundation.
In addition to multiple in-progress book collaborations, Osayi is writing a narrative that uses American restaurant culture to explore systemic racism in the food world, for Amistad/HarperCollins. A California native and former resident of the South, she’s now based in Brooklyn, New York.
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