A Los Angeles native, Johnny Ray Zone began his culinary career as an apprentice. Working his way up the ranks, he soon became part of the opening team at Gordon Ramsay at The London. During his tenure there, Zone cooked under Haru Kishi (Joël Robuchon) and Andy Cook, while the restaurant received one Michelin star. Simultaneously, he also worked at Nobu West Hollywood, where he sharpened his skills in fish butchery. In 2009, Zone joined Thomas Keller's team to open up Bouchon Beverly Hills, where he was able to learn the intricacies of bistro cooking. In late 2014, Zone visited Nashville while working a brief stint at Husk Nashville. During the visit he was introduced to the local spicy fried chicken specialty and fell in love with the dish. Following his return to L.A, in June of 2015, Johnny and wife Amanda Chapman opened the first exclusively Nashville Hot Chicken food truck on the west coast. As of April 2016, Howlin' Ray's first brick & mortar location has opened in Chinatown LA.
Chef Johnny was also chosen as a 2015 Zagat 30 Under 30 honoree.
Johnny has recently been featured on:
Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate (“Coq Au Vin” as chosen by Curtis Stone).
Esquire Network’s Knife Fight (episode “Cardoon")
Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen (season 3 premiere “A Few Good Ramen”)
Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay (season 6 episode 4 "No Training Wheels")
FYI Network's Man vs Child (season 2 episode 3 "Danger Zone")