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Tunde Wey

The Leader


Tunde Wey

Thinking Radically about Food

Chef, Artist, and Writer

A restaurant that charges white folks three times as much as Black folks. A hot chicken plate that attempts to fund a community land trust in Black neighbourhoods. A dinner series that’s really a matchmaking service between U.S. citizens and immigrants. These are just a few of TIME Magazine 2019 Next Generation Leader Tunde Wey’s provocative, radical projects that blend performance art with activism, public intellectualism with a tasting menu. A Nigerian writer and chef who now lives in New Orleans, Tunde uses food as a lens to examine the urgent economic, political, and social issues of our time. His powerful keynotes challenge audiences to interrogate what’s on their plate, who holds the power, and what needs to change now. 

Tunde Wey is a Nigerian immigrant artist, chef and writer working at the intersection of food and social politics. His work engages systems of exploitative power, particularly race, immigration, gentrification and global capitalism, from the vantage point of the marginalized other. He uses food and dining spaces to confront systems of exploitative power while working to close the disparities they create. 

Tunde’s work has been written about in the New York TimesWashington Post, NPR, Vogue, and GQ. His own writing has been featured in the Boston GlobeOxford AmericanCityLab, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a TIME Magazine2019 Next Generation Leader. Tunde is currently working on a memoir slated for a 2022 publish date from MCD (a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux).


Dinner as Discomfort

“Discomfort is crucial,” says Tunde Wey. “Especially in conversations that are as nuanced and as difficult as race. When we experience discomfort, we enter into a new space. A new territory where we can learn something.”

Tunde Wey is a chef, writer, and artist who is transforming the way we look at food. What we eat can and should be a reflection of the wider world around us. It does have socio-political and historical context. And it can be a potent force in inciting thought and pushing for change. In this vital keynote, Tunde shares how and why his projects have helped expose America’s deeply rooted inequalities. A charming and erudite speaker, Tunde challenges audiences to investigate their own prejudices, to examine systems of power, and to think radically. Together—with love, cooperation, and inclusion—a revolution can happen.

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Photo Credit: Joey Kennedy Photos. All Rights Reserved.
Gallery images: Moyo Oyelola, melements.me

We have to think radically about food. Food is a legitimate space to practice dissent, inquiry and query, conversation, reconciliation, and protest.
— Tunde Wey