JJ Johnson

Chef, Fieldtrip & Henry at Life Hotel

Joseph “JJ” Johnson is a James Beard-nominated chef best known for cooking the food of the African Diaspora. He is a Chef on Buzzfeed’s Tasty platform and debuted a cooking show, Just Eats with Chef JJ, on TV One’s new network Cleo. Chef JJ has two projects in New York from his new restaurant group, Ingrained Hospitality Concepts: Henry at Life Hotel, a full-service restaurant in NoMad that opened in early fall 2018 and was recently named one of the Top Ten Best New Restaurants by The New York Times; and Fieldtrip, a quick casual rice concept featuring global-inspired flavors, which previewed at the US Open and will open its first location in Harlem in 2019. Chef JJ’s signature style of transforming simple cuisine with bold and unexpected ingredients was inspired by the Caribbean tastes he grew up with, combined with inspiration from his travels and his signature R+B and hip hop playlist. Chef JJ published his first cookbook in spring 2018, “Between Harlem and Heaven” (Flatiron Books). @chefjj