Mar 15, 2023 - Food and Drink

Last Meal with the Naked Farmer's Jordan Johnson

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Jordan Johnson knows a thing or two about fresh food.

State of play: The founder and CEO of Naked Farmer started his "fine fast" eatery, serving veggie-filled dishes sourced from local farms, in St. Petersburg at the height of the pandemic.

  • Now, he's got locations in Tampa and Coral Gables, with more spots opening in Sunrise next month and Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota later this year.

We wanted to know: What would he eat if he had only one meal left?

The venue: The French Laundry. "I just ate there a couple of weeks ago for my first time and it was culinary perfection."

  • "Usually, if you go to a place people tell you is really amazing, you're left wanting more these days. But this over-delivered in every way."

Plates to die for: Black truffle risotto. "They have some of the best black truffles in the world, and they brought them out in a wooden case right to the table so you could see the entire mushroom. And they just shaved them right over your risotto. It was something I'll never forget."

  • A5 Wagyu. "It's the most rare cut of beef in the world. It was exceptional."

The ambiance: "White table cloths, all the servers are in suit and tie — and they're playing '80s rock. It was awesome."

  • "It made you smile because you realize that while it's important to take what you do seriously, it's important not to take yourself too seriously."

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Johnson is opening restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota, not Lakewood Ranch, later this year.


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