Javani King Moves On

Acclaimed chef departs Hermann Park restaurant to launch food truck

Acclaimed chef departs Hermann Park restaurant, launches food truck

Javani King Davis St Hermann Park
Javani King has left his role as executive chef at Davis St. at Hermann Park. Courtesy photo

One of Houston's highest profile African American chefs has parted ways with the restaurant that brought him local acclaim. Javani King announced on both Instagram and Facebook that he has departed from Davis Street at Hermann Park.


10 years ago I embarked upon an Amazing culinary journey that took me to places I could only imagine with the creation of JK+CO Catering and Events! 4 years ago I set aside my personal gains to create a restaurant concept using my design talents and time honored recipes from my family created thru catering, personal chef work, travels and necessity. Today I announce that the journey I started 10 yrs ago comes full circle! I'm excited to announce that JK+CO CATERING + CHEF STAFFING a family run business is live and in full effect! We will offer full scale catering, personal chef service, pop up dinners and event staffing to HOUSTON and surrounding areas! And do not be weary award winning Chef Javani King's signature touch will be soon found on the JK+CO HANDCRAFTED SOUTHERN STREETFOOD FOODTRUCK COMING TO A STREET NEAR YOU!!! I truly thank you Houston for supporting me and I have completed my chapter at Davis St at Hermann Park it was an amazing path that lead me to the most confident and courageous place I've been in years! Be looking out for amazing new recipes and concepts that will blow your mind in one bite!!! For booking events email first and for booking television radio or print please contact my publicist Crystal M. Solomon @House of Obsessions Public Relations (832) 216-9593 and be looking out for EATJK.COM website coming soon and come out to see me featured at NOSH during HOUSTON BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK!!!! HOUBRW.COM #iamthetalent

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Mar 22, 2016 at 6:07am PDT

In 2015, King made a splash when he emerged as the unlikely victor at the RodeoHouston Uncorked! Best Bites competition thanks to a dish of crispy Thai shrimp. He would earn positive reviews for his inventive fare. 

Count Urban Swank blogger Felice Sloan among King's biggest fans. "His food reflects his heritage, his experiences, and his approach to life," she tells CultureMap. "I enjoyed his bold and wonderful creations long before there was a Davis St., so his quick success there did not come as a surprise to me."

While King may have left Davis St. after approximately a year-and-a-half, he has plans to remain deeply involved in Houston's dining scene. The chef revealed he has plans to open a food truck under his JK+CO catering business, and he will be heavily invovled in the upcoming Black Restaurant Week, which kicks off March 29 with the Nosh Culinary Showcase