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The NY Black MBA Presents Chef JJ Johnson

31 March 2021 @ 5:30 PM 6:30 PM EDT

The Metro New York Chapter of National Black MBA Association
 Presents 
Chef JJ Johnson, Chef, Founder, Author and 
Associated Press Journalist Julie Walker in Conversation 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

The Metro New York Chapter of National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) invites its members nationwide to a free hour-long conversation entitled “Lift Every Voice II” between Chef JJ Johnson, Chef & Founder of the FIELDTRIP restaurant, Harlem, New York City, and award-winning Associated Press correspondent Julie Walker. The National Pork Board is a sponsor of this event. “Lift Every Voice” is a series the NBMBAA launched in February 2021. It is a series of discussions with prominent members of our community. We are looking to gain from their experiences and hopefully exposing what they do so that many members of our community can be aware and follow in their footsteps. This session also focuses on Nutrition and Health during March National Nutrition Month. The free event airs on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:30pm on Zoom. Use Eventbrite to register for this event.

Chuck Roberts, Vice-President of Operations of the Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, will host the event and introduce the speakers.  Andrew Hamilton, President of the Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association will offer the closing comments.      

NY Black MBA Chef JJ Johnson

Chef, Founder, Author

JJ Johnson is a James Beard Award-winning chef best known for his barrier-breaking cuisine connecting the foodways 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, combined with inspiration from his travels.  

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 Hospitality Concepts, LLC, a collaboration of industry professionals dedicated to creating great restaurants while sharing international cuisine with amazing hospitality. 

Through the course of their conversation, Walker and Chef JJ will explore how he uses his platform as a leading on the fight against hunger and food deficiencies. They will discuss cultural meals and recipes from his cookbook, respond to Julie’s questions on a variety of subject to include his growing up and mentors, his love of cooking and helping others.

About Julie Walker 


Julie Walker is an award-winning radio, television, and print journalist. She is a correspondent for The Associated Press, working for the radio division and contributing to AP print. Julie can be heard on 1010 Wins Radio, where she contributes to news coverage and seen on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, where she is a fill-in host of the political show. She began her career in Paris as an ABC News intern and cut her teeth in New York City, working for NY1 News. Julie is a graduate of Wellesley College. She was the president of the New York Association of Black Journalists from 2016-2019.

About Chef JJ Johnson
Chef JJ is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. Former head chef of Milton’s Jazz Club and Cecil’s restaurant in Harlem. Chef JJ published his award-winning first cookbook in spring 2018, “Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day” (Flatiron Books). He serves on the James Beard Impact Programs Advisory Committee and sits on the junior board of Food Bank for New York City, taking action to end hunger.

About the National Black MBA Association

The National Black MBA Association was founded in 1970 and has grown nationwide to 40 chapters and 20,000 members. Over the 50 years of existence and growth, we have addressed many topics of need and interest of our members, their families, and the community we serve. Issues such as literacy in finances, educational, employment and career opportunities through our seasonal career fairs and national conference, providing educational scholarships, training and development for individuals and small businesses, health and wellness, youth mentorship and guidance through our Leaders of Tomorrow Program, wealth management, black think tank for social needs and leading us into the need for education and awareness of nutritional literacy nationwide. We want to acknowledge these achievements of the NBMBAA and our members, give thanks to our donors, sponsors and corporate partners who have built our path to excellence.

About National Pork Board

The National Pork Board has responsibility for Pork Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in consumer education and marketing, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety, and environmental management and sustainability. For the past half century, the U.S. pork industry has delivered on its commitment to sustainable production and has made significant strides in reducing the environmental impact of pig farming. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or visit www.porkcheckoff.org.

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