JJ Johnson is best known for his barrier-breaking cuisine connecting the food ways of West Africa and Asia to the Americas. Chef JJ’s signature style of combining culturally relevant ingredients with his classically trained cooking and global point of view was inspired by the Caribbean tastes he grew up with and his travels. He’s cooked in Ghana and Israel and has visited a 7-generation rice farm in India. 

Award-winning Chef, Founder, TV Personality, & Author.


Chef JJ Johnson developed a passion for culinary at the tender age of seven. While growing up between New York City and the Poconos, PA, he quickly became inspired by the flavors and cultures of his diverse upbringing. Chef JJ's culinary philosophy centers on showcasing the diversity and richness of the African diaspora while also challenging traditional cuisines. Recognized by Eater as one of the New Guard of Power in NYC Dining, JJ’s brand of creating cultural connections through food is a hallmark of his hospitality group- Ingrained HospitalityConcepts, LLC. His work has earned him numerous accolades, including a James Beard Foundation Award for the best American cookbook for Between Harlem and Heaven. He has also been featured on multiple television shows, including Food Network’s Chopped, Netflix’s Street Food, and Selena+ Chef on HBO Max. Fieldtrip, his quick-casual rice bowl shop, highlights the future of food. Johnson strongly advocates for sustainability, working with local farmers and producers to source the freshest ingredients for his dishes. JJ believes some of the most dynamic cultures are linked to rice, and with America being a diverse nation, we all grew up within a "rice culture." Today, he is a community champion. His passion for food justice and equity drives him to raise awareness within the food industry, using his platform to create change. JJ continues to push boundaries in the culinary world, with plans to develop more restaurants that celebrate and share the vibrant flavors and cultures of Africa and the Caribbean.Through JJ’s expertise, he continues to unite communities and show the world that rice isn’t just a staple; it is the backbone of culture

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JJ Johnson is most recognized for his innovative approach to African Caribbean cuisine. His work has earned him numerous accolades, including the James Beard Foundation Book Award and a two-time spot on theNation’s Restaurant NewsPower List.






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