Oscar Johnson & Daryl Cooper

Hampton Roads, Virginia natives and Johnson & Wales Alumni Chef Daryl Cooper and Chef Oscar Johnson founded Jimmy Pearls as a pop-up restaurant in Charlotte in March 2020. Inspired by the cooking of their family members and ancestors, both developed a food passion that tells a story about them and their pasts, while writing their own history.

Their menu is led by the traditions of African American culinary history and their family traditions rooted in Virginia and other regions of the U.S and the world. The Tidewater and Piedmont Foodways of Virginia is where they pull their inspiration, adding their culinary spins from these regions to traditional dishes on their menu.