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5 Questions with Chef Solomon Johnson


Originally from Maryland and having attended culinary school in Philadelphia, Chef SOLOMON JOHNSON (aka Chef Swoop) is a private chef, caterer, and Kitchen Consultant who has been in Oakland since 2013 when he started a catering company specializing in international cuisine with Cali/Caribbean twist. Chef Swoop has been cooking in restaurants for 14 years; from plated coursed dinners with wine pairings to pop up fried chicken shops.

BFiO: Whose food do you enjoy in Oakland as much as your own?

CHEF SWOOP: I’m gonna say Chef Nelson over at Alamar. I really enjoy the Afro Caribbean culture that he brings to the table. His flavor profiles are bold, the portions are generous, and it’s all plated beautifully. I myself focus on a Cali/Caribbean fusion utilizing local produce to bring food prod