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Gary Ptak

Gary Ptak, aka Chef Johnson, returned to New Orleans in 2015 after a long experiment living in New York.  A graduate of Tulane, Gary created, produced, and starred in the award-winning syndicated cooking & comedy show, Up In Johnson’s Kitchen. Following several business ventures in 2011 he started a food truck and catering business, promoting the character of Chef Johnson. The mobility of the food truck meshed well with the opportunity to move back to NOLA and bring the business along for the ride.  Chef Johnson’s Food Truck has become a regular at some of New Orleans’ funkiest festivals and events.  Beginning in spring 2018, Gary will be operating “Kvetchy’s,” a kosher soul food cafe at the Uptown JCC.  Along with health-oriented foods, look out for specialties like his famous Cajun Eggplant Pie and the original Gefilte Fish Po-Boy!