As an avid home cook and successful spice-shop owner, Janet Johnston brings her bright personality and true passion for spices to Food Network in her show, Spice & Easy. Janet shares her deep knowledge of spices and demonstrates the ease of infusing spices and seasonings into everyday dishes resulting in fantastic flavors. Her approachable techniques and ideas eliminate intimidation and prove that spicing things up is both fun and simple.
Janet grew up in Hoffman Estates, Ill., outside of Chicago, with her parents and three siblings. She earned an associate degree in 1990 from William Rainey Harper College. She then moved to the city and studied photography at Columbia College and received her bachelor’s degree in 1993. After graduation, Janet worked for 13 years at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), starting as an executive assistant and working her way to being a manager on the Internet marketing team.
In 2000, Janet met her future husband, Mike, who worked in the spice industry. He ignited her passion for spices and cooking, and they moved to Denver in 2004 to realize their dream: open a beautiful spice shop and build a successful business together. They married in August 2006 and opened their second shop in September in Littleton, Colo. They opened a third shop in Boulder, Colo., in July 2008 and a fourth shop in East Denver’s Lowry Town Center in October 2008, which served as a prototype for their new franchise business. The first franchise opened in November 2009 in Colorado Springs with several more in the works. Janet and Mike manage the overall business every day in addition to constantly creating new spice blends and developing approachable recipes for their customers.
In August 2008, Savory Spice Shop was featured on the Denver episode of Food Network’s Road Tasted with the Neelys as a standout local business. Since then, Janet and Mike have appeared on episodes of Paula’s Best Dishes and Down Home with the Neelys to cook up some of their favorite spice-filled delights.
Besides cooking and eating, Janet enjoys traveling, antiquing, gardening and exercising including yoga.
Janet currently resides in Denver, Colo., with her husband, Mike, and their dog, Bounder. Spice & Easy is filmed in Denver — both in their 100-year-old Victorian home as well as in the original Savory Spice Shop.