Chef JJ Johnson was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2014.

At the time, he was the chef de cuisine at The Cecil, a Harlem restaurant known for dishes like oxtail dumplings and gumbo.

Since then, he was promoted to executive chef and the restaurant merged its menu with next-door jazz club Minton’s.

Now, Johnson is developing a TV show and preparing to open the first fast-casual spot under his new restaurant group.

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