Executive Chef & Director of Operators at Hudson Jane

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Megan Johnson, Executive Chef
Jen LaPorta, Director of Operations

Hudson Jane, Brooklyn

Megan wakes up every day with a passion to bring people together to share food and form friendships.
Megan started cooking at the hip of her grandmother Grace Johnson. In 2004, after working in restaurants in Seattle and Dublin, Megan joined the kitchen staff at New York City’s top New American restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. In 2008, Megan joined Casellula Cheese and Wine Café in Manhattan as Executive Chef. There she gained a following among locals and critics for her seasonal small plates. Procuring many ingredients from Union Square’s Greenmarket, she formed close relationships with local farmers. In the Fall of 2015, Megan left Casellula to pursue the dream of opening her own restaurant, Hudson Jane.

Jen grew up in Miami, where food is at the heart of the close-knit cuban community she grew up in.
She learned from her grandmother “mima” that the most important ingredient in any dish is love. Sunday dinners were her happiest memories because it brought the whole family together.
Jen moved to New York City in 2007, and has since worked in the fast-paced fashion industry, where she has helped designers bring their visions from paper to form as a tech designer.
At Hudson Jane she hopes to realize her and Meg’s shared vision of love, good food and whole-hearted community.