New 'Chopped' Champion: Chef Melvin 'Boots' Johnson
This story has been extracted from the Times Ledger article.:
Melvin “Boots” Johnson, the executive chef of Queens Bully in Forest Hills, was recently crowned champion on Food Network’s “Chopped,” winning a spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale, beating out three other chefs with his Memphis-style barbecue.
Johnson will face off against the champions from Kansas City, Texas and North Carolina to determine who is the ultimate grill master.
The California native revealed that he first started to cook when he was in the sixth grade.
“My parents owned a restaurant called ‘That Barbecue Place’ and that is where I got the bug for smoking meats,” Johnson told TimesLedger. “Some years later, after my parents closed the restaurant, I continued to pursue this career working with several chefs and going through many smoked meat ……