Bio

 

Hello! I am Amanda Grace Johnson.

I am a multidisciplinary artist, creator and entrepreneur. I am a writer and performer, singer and songwriter, high-fashion model and actress, as well as a chef, food activist, consultant and a keynote/ panel speaker on all things food-related.

I was born in a small town in Florida. When I was 14, a chance meeting at a pizza parlour in my hometown led to me being discovered and leaving home to begin an international high-fashion modelling career.

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

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 great loves have always been music, food, and writing, and London is a breeding ground for creativity with regards to these arts.

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.

I then started work on a memoir but decided that I needed to study literature and writing so that I could become a ‘serious’ writer. Convinced 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 professionally alongside studying for the past eleven years.

Massively inspired by Antony Bourdain’s travel shows, as well as in part by Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom, I grew disillusioned with the art of fiction, and much more interested in the truth, and writing about what is going on with the world. I went to spend a year in New York City to try to get some real-world experience in journalism. New York kicked my ass and I realised that I was unequipped. I decided to go back to London to do my post-grad in journalism. After a couple years in Los Angeles working to put myself through school, this year I will finally graduate with an MA Digital Journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

I recently returned to Los Angeles where I am all set to put my new degree to good use. I am working on completing two main writing projects, one of which is food related, one of which is the memoir that I started before I went back to school. I am also in kundalini yoga teacher training with Ra Ma Institute. After a hiatus from music, I have recently started writing, recording and performing again.