Celebrity Chef JoJo, who has catered for Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Ricky Smiley, Tyler Perry, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, and many others is the daughter of the famous St. Louis soul food restaurateur Jerry "JT" Brown and Jean Baker. She was born in Kansas City, MO but grew up in St. Louis, MO. She comes from generations of entrepreneurs which includes her paternal grandfather, Phillip Brown, who had a commercial company that created protest signs for the Civil Rights Movement. Her father owned a bookstore in Kansas City which Muhammad Ali frequented. He also owned four/five clubs, ten restaurants, and was a concert promoter in St. Louis, one of the first black promoters to bring celebrities into an arena where blacks were not allowed. JoJo started her first restaurant at eighteen, and in her 30s, she was married with five children, and four restaurants. In 2020, the Pandemic led to her losing all of her corporate clients and that led to her pivoting and creating two seasoning lines - one is the Hannah J Collection for children, the first known children’s seasoning. She is very excited about bringing the original flavors of St. Louis to every home in America. The causes that she is passionate about are bullying, domestic violence, mental health, health care, and self-esteem. While the now Atlanta-based celebrity chef and entrepreneur has been cooking her way to the top for the past 25 years, she credits her success to time in the kitchen with her grandmother. In 2022, she kicked off Uncomplicate It: Tips to Simplify Cooking with Loved Ones. This campaign is her effort to counter the rising mental challenges among youth by encouraging adults to include them in the kitchen. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, and spending time with loved ones. She lives in Georgia with her husband, and six children.
“While I have catered for numerous celebrities and athletes, including Rickey Smiley, Tyler Perry, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, and many more, I owe my success to the years I spent in the kitchen with my grandmother.”