Osayi Endolyn

Osayi Endolyn is a James Beard Award-winning writer whose work explores food and identity. She’s published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Eater, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and the Oxford American. Endolyn recently joined Ghetto Gastro as head of content for the Bronx-born culinary brand's forthcoming storytelling channels.

Endolyn co-authored the national bestseller The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, with Marcus Samuelsson. She appears in Chef’s Table and Ugly Delicious on Netflix, and The Next Thing You Eat on Hulu. She’s featured on NPR’s 1A, the Takeaway with Melissa Harris-Perry, the Splendid Table with Francis Lam, and the Sporkful podcast for which she and the team won a Webby.

Endolyn earned a BA in French from UCLA, with a minor in Afro American studies. She earned her MFA in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of the UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food & Farming Journalism Fellowship, was named to Southern Living’s list of 30 Women Moving Southern Food Forward, and has served in several editor roles. Endolyn is on the board of trustees for the Edna Lewis Foundation and PepsiCo’s inaugural Dig In initiative to support Black-owned restaurants.

Along with more book collabs, Endolyn is writing a narrative that explores American restaurant and dining culture. A California native and former resident of the South, she lives in New York.