Chef JJ Johnson is an award-winning chef and restaurant owner who focuses on Pan-African cuisine with a specialty for all things rice.
Chef JJ is best known for his cuisine inspired by the African diaspora. The James Beard nominated chef operates out of two New York City restaurants; Henry at Life Hotel, a full service Pan-African style restaurant in NoMad, Manhattan, and Fieldtrip, a quick casual eatery where rice is the focal point, that is set to open its first location in Harlem in 2019.
Chef JJ credits his Afro-Puerto Rican influences growing up and his travels around the world as his inspirations for his unique culinary style. His time spent cooking and exploring in West Africa, India, Singapore, Israel, and the Caribbean have developed his unique culinary palate. It’s with these travels that Chef JJ discovered that rice is at the center of many tables and cultures across the globe and fueled his passion for highlighting this cultural staple.
Music also plays a key role in Chef JJ’s kitchens and dining rooms where he plays a passionately curated playlist consisting of R&B and hip hop music that connects back to his Afro-Puerto Rican roots. Chef JJ’s distinct blend of cultural and culinary influences has led to his success as a top chef in New York City.