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Justin’s first foray into the culinary arts was through the world of pastry having been influenced by his mother and her Mexican heritage along with childhood influences from having grown up in Florida. After attending J & W in Miami, Justin’s career began working under one of Miami’s most iconic chefs, James Beard award winner Michael Schwartz at Michael’s Genuine. Justin then went on to work as the Pastry Chef at Meat Market, a restaurant known for their sexy, modern twist on the traditional steakhouse concept. Justin soon was ready for the challenge and switched over to the savory side of culinary working as a Sous Chef at Boxpark on Brickell before moving up to New York City in 2013. After arriving in New York, he began his tenure as sous chef at the Michelin-starred and James Beard awarded restaurant, Public under the direction of Brad Farmerie.
Justin came onboard to lead the culinary direction at Fox Lifestyle Hospitality Group where he currently serves as Executive Chef for White Oak Tavern, Street Taco and our most recently opened The Rag Trader & Bo Peep Cocktail and Highball Store. Justin is always educating himself on techniques, up and coming farms and using the most local resources available here in NYC.