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Johnny Ray Zone

Tastemaker

Johnny Ray Zone is the chef responsible for the hoards of perfectly sane, salad-loving Angelenos lining up at 6 a.m. for Nashville hot chicken at Howlin' Ray's in Chinatown. The Echo Park native has cooked at Nobu and Bouchon, but after eating at spice palace's like Prince's and Pepperfire in Nashville, he set out to master the art of seemingly straightforward spicy fried chicken.