Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith are childhood friends from neighboring rival gangs, brought together by their two passions: food and girls. Today, they are the cofounders and owners of Trap Kitchen.
The underground culinary experience was completely fueled off Instagram. Their colorful past has made them media darlings, having appeared on the Today show, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, VICE, Fox 11 News, and BET.
Having worked in some of New York’s finest kitchens, from Le Bernadin to Rouge Tomate to Momofukko, over a decade in the New York restaurant scene has culminated in a versatile cooking style which reflects contributor Nicholas Porcelli’s training in Asian, new American, and classical French cuisines.
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