Black Restaurant Week Atlanta to Feature Chef Jaaion Barnes

Knowing how to take what you have and make things work is all a part of life. Having grits a few times a week as a kid, Chef Jaaion was inspired to get creative with what he had and make something out of nothing. Those are the exact skills that the veteran culinary expert will be bringing to Black Restaurant Week Atlanta starting September 2nd.

Chef Jaaion started his culinary journey at Grambling State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management. He later received a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu.

The Louisiana native has worked at Atlanta’s own Old Lady Gang Restaurant, been invited to cook in the kitchen of many celebrities including Stephanie Mills, Musiq Soulchild, and Kandi of Xscape just to name a few. He’s currently the head chef at Atlantis Restaurant & Lounge.

Chef Jaaion has stated that while participating in Black Restaurant Week Atlanta that he’d like to show people that there are different ways to eat. Chef Jaaion is full of versatility, fresh ideas, and creativeness. One dish that’ll be bringing to Black Restaurant Week Atlanta is very special New Orleans BBQ Shrimp dish.

See you there to try it!

For more information about Black Restaurant Week Atlanta and to purchase tickets, visit

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