J. Kenji López-Alt
J. Kenji López-Alt
James Kenji Alt
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
James Kenji López-Alt, often known simply as Kenji, is an American chef and food writer. His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, became a critical and commercial success, charting on the New York Times Bestseller list and winning the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for the best General Cooking cookbook. The cookbook expanded on López-Alt's "The Food Lab" column on the Serious Eats blog. Lopez-Alt is known for using the scientific method in his cooking to improve popular American recipes and to explain the science of cooking. López-Alt started Wursthall in 2017, a beer hall style restaurant in San Mateo, California, and maintains a popular YouTube channel in which he demonstrates various recipes and cooking techniques with a POV filming style.
Early life and education
He was born James Kenji Alt, the son of Harvard University geneticist and immunologist Frederick Alt, and on his mother's side, the grandson of chemist Koji Nakanishi. López-Alt graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002, where he majored in Architecture. His first restaurant job was during his sophomore year of college. He attempted to take a job as a waiter at a local restaurant, but they needed a prep cook.
He was the Managing Culinary Director and is the Chief Culinary Consultant of "Serious Eats", a food blog, where he authors the James Beard Award-nominated column "The Food Lab". He is also a columnist for The New York Times and Cooking Light.
His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, was published in September 2015 by W. W. Norton & Company. It was a New York Times Bestseller. and won the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for General Cooking, as well as the International Association of Culinary Professionals awards for Best American Cookbook and Cookbook of the Year. In 2020 he released a children's book, Every Night is Pizza Night, which debuted on the New York Times Children's Bestseller list.
As of 2021, Kenji resides in Seattle, Washington, after previously living in San Mateo, California, New York City, and Boston. López-Alt opened the Wursthall Restaurant & Bierhaus in San Mateo, California in 2017, with partners Adam Simpson and Tyson Mao. Kenji's YouTube channel has over 1,000,000 subscribers and over 100 million views.
In January 2019, Lopez-Alt tweeted that "if you come to my restaurant wearing a MAGA cap, you aren't getting served, same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of intolerance and hate" and "If you’re comfortable sitting next to a MAGA wearer I’m probably not interested in serving you either." He later apologized and deleted the tweet.
|2016||The Chew||Television series||Seven episodes|
|2017||Guy’s Grocery Games||Television series||Season 14, Episode 1, “Blogger Battle” (competitor) & Season 14, Episode 3, “GGG Jrs.” (judge)|
|2019||The Burger Show||Television series||Season 3, Episode 3, J. Kenji López-Alt Debunks Burger Myths|
|2020||Somebody Feed Phil||Television series||Season 4, touring the Mission District|
- López-Alt, J. Kenji (2015). The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science (1 ed.). W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0393081084.
- Parks, Stella (2017). BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts. J. Kenji López-Alt (Foreword). W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0393239867.
- López-Alt, J. Kenji (2020). Every Night Is Pizza Night. Gianna Ruggiero (Illustrator). Norton Young Readers. ISBN 978-1324005254.
- The Best American Food Writing 2020. J. Kenji López-Alt (Editor), Silvia Killingsworth (Editor). Mariner Books. 2020. ISBN 978-0358344582.CS1 maint: others (link)
- J. Kenji López-Alt (September 23, 2020). Ask Kenji Anything #1. Event occurs at 15:45. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
- "Fall 2015's Best Cookbooks: Cooking Pros Bring It Home". Eater. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- Pearlstein, Joanna. "The Ultimate Book for Science Nerds Who Cook". WIRED. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
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- "The 2016 Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards: Complete Winner Recap". James Beard Foundation. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- Syckle, Katie Van (16 August 2021). "Cooking With a Dash of Science". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
- Robertson, Blair Anthony (2015). "Science becomes delicious in 'The Food Lab'". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
His father, Frederick Alt, is a professor at Harvard Medical School
- Morell, Nicole. "Alumnus takes food out of the kitchen and into the lab". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
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- "Alumnus Takes Food Out of the Kitchen and into the Lab". MIT Alumni Association. 2017-01-11. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
- "Alumnus Chef One-Ups (OK, Maybe Two-Ups) KFC". slice.mit.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- Killingsworth, Silvia (2015-10-03). "Kenji López-Alt's Obsessive Kitchen Experiments". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Masthead". www.seriouseats.com. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "The Complete 2015 JBF Award Nominees". www.jamesbeard.org. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "J. Kenji López-Alt Joins Food". New York Times. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
- "Kenji Lopez-Alt". Cooking Light. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "The Food Lab". books.wwnorton.com. Archived from the original on 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - December 20, 2015". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "The 2016 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards: Complete Winner Recap". www.jamesbeard.org. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Winners - IACP". IACP. Archived from the original on 2018-12-05. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- Kennedy, Mark. "'Every Night is Pizza Night': Chef and writer J. Kenji López-Alt cooks up a kid's book". USA TODAY. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
- "Every Night Is Pizza Night". wwnorton.com. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
- Vinh, Tan (January 23, 2021). "A new vegan restaurant from an 'Iron Chef' contestant and 12 other openings around Seattle". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
- "Mr. Wizard's Food Lab: J. Kenji López-Alt's unlikely path to stardom". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Internet Food Guru J. Kenji Lopez-Alt Opening Real Life Beer and Sausage Hall". Eater SF. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "San Mateo Eatery Bans 'Make America Great Again' Hats". 31 January 2019.
- "'Like white hoods except stupider': California chef says he won't serve diners wearing 'MAGA' hats".
- "San Mateo Restaurant Owner Apologizes for 'MAGA' Hat Ban". February 2019.
- "Kenji López-Alt Backtracks After Saying His Restaurant Won't Serve MAGA Hat Wearers". February 2019.
- "The Chew | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
- "GGG Blogger Battle". Hulu.com. Retrieved 2021-04-16.
- "J. Kenji López-Alt Debunks Burger Myths, The Burger Show". Complex. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
- de Guzman, Dianne (2020-10-31). "Netflix show features Bay Area chef superstars in SF episode". SFGATE. Retrieved 2020-11-02.