Bio

 

Hello! I’m Amanda Grace Johnson

I create considered, high-vibrational fine food and extraordinary dining experiences all over the world. Have knives, will travel.

I consult on menus and develop recipes, while being mindful of effects on the planet, sustainability, and reducing climate impact.

I am also am a writer and activist, and a keynote and panel speaker on all things food related.

I am originally from Florida. When I was 14, a chance meeting at a pizza parlour in my hometown led to me being discovered and leaving home (chaperoned by my mother, sorry mom) to begin an international high-fashion modelling career, which spanned over 15 years.

This experience gave me the chance to travel and live all over the world. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Iceland, North and Central America.

When I was 16, I left New York to live on an organic raspberry farm in Northern California, which helped to turn me on to healthy living. The woman who owns the farm, an incredible botanist, midwife, farmer, and all around renaissance woman, was instrumental in introducing me to kundalini yoga, as well as a whole-foods, plant-based diet, and true, farm-to-table eating.

When I was 17, I went to London for a week, fell in love with that amazing city, and ended up staying for half my life. My other great loves have always been music, food, and writing.

I have been writing since I was a kid and have turned my hand, not only to songs, but also prose, poetry, essays, articles, memoir. I penned the blog The Silver Jay for some years in London. The Silver Jay was a collection of tragic-comedy, autobiographical vignettes, essays, and short stories.

Determined that I wanted to become a novelist, I studied for and completed a BA Hons Humanities and English Literature from Birkbeck College, University of London.

I started cooking professionally by chance, when, in order to support myself while I studying to become a writer, I started Midnight Steakout, a pop-up restaurant on my roof garden in London. I also opened my own baking business in my home town in Florida, Gracie Gourmet. I then went on to start a social enterprise, Food Chariot, in Los Angeles, California.  I have now been cooking and studying for the past eleven years.

After studying postmodernism to the point of exhaustion, I decided to do my post-grad in journalism, becoming much more interested in the truth, and writing about what is going on with the world. I will graduate this year with an MA Digital Journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.