Friday, July 31, 2015

Gunshow Lands Harlem Chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson for "Hired Guns" Dining Event August 11-12

A tantalizing triangle of West African flavor, Caribbean influence and NYC edge point to chef Kevin Gillespie's Gunshow for an intriguing "Hired Guns" dining event on Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12. Chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson of award-winning The Cecil and Minton's in New York City's Harlem neighborhood travels south to the nationally recognized Glenwood Park restaurant for a two-night culinary adventure featuring dishes such as crispy porgy with coconut corn mash, strawberry curry and lychee. Johnson, a 2015 James Beard Award Rising Star semifinalist, cites several sources as kitchen muses: his grandmother's Caribbean influences, training at the Culinary Institute of America and a month-long stay in Ghana, where he cooked at a five-star restaurant, visited local markets and studied West African flavors. Gillespie's "Hired Guns" dining series brings nationally recognized chefs to Atlanta to share their talents and stories in Gunshow's open kitchen. Chef Johnson's accolade cupboard is well stocked, including a place on both Forbes’ and Zagat's "30 Under 30" lists, inclusion in Eater's Young Guns list, winning Rocco DiSpirito's Dinner Party competition and StarChef's Rising Star for Community in 2015, and having his restaurant The Cecil recognized by Esquire magazine as the Best New Restaurant in America in 2014. Sure to fill up quickly! Reservations: 404-380-1886.

Fall “Hired Guns” events include Jean-Paul Bourgeois of New York City's 
Blue Smoke, Sept. 29-30; and Colby and Megan Garrelts of Rye in Kansas City, Nov. 17-18. Reservations can be made one month in advance.

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