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Trap Kitchen: How Two Opposing Gang Members Formed A Bond Over Food

Trap (Take.Risk.And.Prosper) Kitchen is the story of two Black men from Compton who put their differences aside to focus on the bigger picture–putting their brains together to make money.

“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 co-founders and owners of Trap Kitchen LA. 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, The Huffington Post, Fox 11 News, and BET.”

I have tried their food before (specifically their pineapple bowls) and it was amazing. Salute to these young brothers who are setting a different tone for the city and leading by example.

They even have a cookbook which is scheduled to be released in December.

“When two former members of Los Angeles’ most nefarious rival gangs decided to unite under one oven, they had no idea that they would be creating an empire. Trap Kitchen is more than just a cookbook. It’s a glimpse into the meals that have now become famous in the LA streets thanks to the series of pop-up restaurants that continue to bloom throughout the area. Celebrities and residents alike flock to the locations for soulful meals, but it’s more than that. Having lost friends and family to violence, we learn how the masterminds behind Trap Kitchen sought to change the paths they were on, using cooking as their driving force. While other cookbooks may boast a level of urban-skewed appeal in their realness, this cookbook also delves into the stories of why they became involved in cooking in the first place. It’s both a heartfelt and stomach-filling experience to learn how two men changed their stars by seeking out peace and good food for themselves and their community.”

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Slauson Girl is a South Central native who has a love for journalism, history and all things Hip-Hop--currently living in Humboldt County. She holds a B.A in Critical Race & Gender Theory & a Minor in Journalism.

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