Kwame Onwuachi and Karen Akunowicz talk about the journey to the top.

By Kat Kinsman
August 12, 2019

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Episode 25: Kwame Onwuachi and Karen Akunowicz Ride a Gondola

Ever since they met as competitors on Season 13 of Top Chef, Kwame Onwuachi and Karen Akunowicz have delighted in one another's dreams. There's been plenty of hard work and hustle along the way, along with some setbacks, but together they cheered and together they soared. In this special edition of Communal Table recorded in a gondola ride up Aspen Mountain during the Food & Wine Classic, the 2019 Best New Chef and Best New Restaurant winners—along with Onwuachi's fiancée Mya Allen and Akunowicz's executive sous chef Molly Dwyer—looked back on the journey as they rose to the top.

Listen to Kwame's episode of Communal Table: Kwame Onwuachi talks about public pressure, representation, and finding peace

Learn more about Kwame: Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2019

Read about Karen's restaurant Fox & the Knife: Food & Wine Best New Restaurants 2019

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