Friday, July 17, 2015

Gunshow to Feature "Hired Gun" JJ Johnson on August 11 and 12

For more information:
Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

Guest Chef from New York City’s The Cecil Provides Unique, Award-Winning Take on Simple Recipes

ATLANTA (July 17, 2015) – Gunshow, chef Kevin Gillespie’s nationally recognized Glenwood Park restaurant, will host a two-night excursion into a culinary mix of Caribbean influence and West African flavor from the hands of chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson. On Tuesday, August 11, and Wednesday, August 12, Gillespie welcomes Johnson to the kitchen from The Cecil and Minton's, his award-winning restaurants in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.  Johnson’s unique culinary foundation resides in Caribbean influences from his grandmother, which was fine-tuned at the Culinary Institute of America, as well as during a month-long stay in Ghana, where he cooked at a five-star restaurant, visited local markets and studied West African flavors.

Recently named a 2015 James Beard Award Rising Star Semifinalist, Johnson comes to Gunshow as part of the "Hired Guns" series. These dining events give chefs like Johnson an opportunity to flex their creative muscles through signature flavors and personalities in Gunshow's open kitchen by creating dishes to serve alongside the restaurant’s regularly featured items while sharing their own stories with restaurant guests.

"Our 'Hired Guns' series allows us to exemplify nationally recognized culinary talent in our home here in Atlanta," says Gillespie. "JJ’s cooking skills and personality will fit right in with the series, and I look forward to seeing what he creates during his stay here."

Johnson's culinary career is both young and decorated, with outstanding awards including a place on both Forbes and Zagat's "30 Under 30" lists, inclusion in Eater's Young Guns list, a winner of Rocco DiSpirito's Dinner Party competition and StarChef's Rising Star for Community in 2015. His restaurant The Cecil was recognized by Esquire Magazine as the Best New Restaurant in America in 2014.

"I look forward to bringing a little bit of Harlem to Atlanta for the 'Hired Guns' series," says Johnson. "Mixing my style with the Gunshow crew's talent will make for a delicious experience for everyone."

Space is sure to go quickly, so guests are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible by calling 404-380-1886.

Future “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.

Gunshow is located at 924 Garrett Street. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests may park in the Glenwood Park parking lot and on the street. For more information, visit or call 404-380-1886.


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