JJ Johnson

JJ Johnson is a James Beard Award-winning chef best known for his barrier-breaking cuisine connecting the foodways of West Africa and Asia to the Americas. His signature style of combining culturally relevant ingredients with his classically trained cooking and global point of view is inspired by the Caribbean tastes he grew up with, combined with inspiration from his travels. Chef JJ published his award-winning first cookbook in spring 2018, “Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day” (Flatiron Books). His newest project, FIELDTRIP, is a quick-casual rice bowl shop located in Harlem that highlights rice traditions from around the world with globally-inspired flavors and techniques. JJ is a Chef on Buzzfeed’s Tasty platform and a television host on Just Eats with Chef JJ, airing for its second season on TV One Network’s Cleo TV. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 and an Eater Young Gun.