Restaurant Misfits Podcast: JJ Johnson

Restaurant Misfits Podcast JJ Johnson
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Restaurant Misfits is a podcast dedicated to all things related to restaurant marketing, management, and everything else in between growing a restaurant business. The podcast is brought to you by Misfit Media in collaboration with Total Food Service. Each episode is hosted by Brett Linkletter, CEO & CoFounder of Misfit Media, and can be found on Spotify, or played below.


In this episode of the Restaurant Misfits podcast, Brett interviews Chef JJ Johnson. He’s a restaurateur, award-winning chef, author, and host on numerous media platforms. He opened his restaurant, “FieldTrip” in July of 2019 and despite this crazy year has still managed to thrive on through.

JJ is best known for his barrier-breaking cuisine connecting the food-ways of West Africa and Asia to the Americas. His 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.

In this episode, we explore JJ Johnson’s struggles and successes as a restaurateur primarily through this last year and touch on the COVID-19 Pandemic, the impact of potential inequalities he’s faced as a black restauranteur, and the opportunities he sees to become a better leader and business owner.

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  • AHF National Conference 2024
  • Imperial Dade
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  • McKee Foodservice
  • Day & Nite
  • Atosa USA
  • Easy Ice
  • Simplot Frozen Avocado
  • RAK Porcelain
  • RATIONAL USA
  • BelGioioso Burrata
  • Cuisine Solutions

To listen the Restaurant Misfits podcast with JJ Johnson now, press Play below:


To learn more about Chef JJ Johnson and Fieldtrip, please visit their website


About the Host: Brett Linkletter is the CEO & CoFounder of Misfit Media. He has an aggressive willingness to take on new challenges and a strong understanding of scaling a business from scratch. His vision is to disrupt the restaurant marketing space by empowering business owners with predictable, scalable marketing strategies so they can grow their business based on insights and data, versus guesswork and course correction. Brett’s specialty lies in creative content creation, brand messaging, social media growth hacking, and business development. His biggest role model and lifetime hero is his great grandfather, Art Linkletter, who was a famous TV personality and business man and a huge inspiration for Brett to get on camera more and begin a podcast. As the host of Restaurant Misfits, Brett seeks to interview the biggest and the best in the restaurant space to provide both an entertaining and education experience for listeners on every episode.

  • T&S Brass Eversteel Pre-Rinse Units
  • AyrKing Mixstir
  • Easy Ice
  • RAK Porcelain
  • Cuisine Solutions
  • RATIONAL USA
  • McKee Foodservice
  • DAVO by Avalara
  • AHF National Conference 2024
  • BelGioioso Burrata
  • Atosa USA
  • Imperial Dade
  • Simplot Frozen Avocado
  • Day & Nite