A Member of Grapevine's Family since October, 2007
Justin was born in Simsbury Connecticut, and moved to North Carolina when at age 3. While attending Berkshire School in Sheffield Massachusetts, Justin gained experience in a professional kitchen (due to a surplus of demerits). Though working in the kitchen did not correct his greedy accumulation of demerits, it did develop a grasp of conversational Spanish; on top of that Justin fell in love with the free exchange of ideas in such a dynamic environment.
Justin continued to work in the restaurant industry during college and after simply as a job until he became a line cook with Chef Shannon Hayashi at Restaurant 1414 in Denver Co. It was an eye opening experience and it set his style, and direction as a Chef. A few months later Justin began attending the culinary school at the Art Institute and his last semester there a new Chef Instructor was hired, Shannon Hayashi. Justin has been fortunate to work for some great chefs over the years including Ed Janos C.M.C and Kevin Taylor, at both Jou jou's and the prestigious flagship of the Kevin Taylor Restaurant group, Restaurant Kevin Taylor.
In 2001 Justin met and fell in love with his wife who was living in North Carolina. After knowing her for a week Justin returned home to North Carolina. At the age of 27 Justin had his own kitchen, which soon led to a partnership, at a small restaurant called Jasper's at Davidson. We sold the restaurant in 2007 just before Justin was married and he began working for his favorite wine distributor, Grapevine.
Justin worked for over a year in the warehouse, and filling in on deliveries until Dave Cohen told his that he had, "6 days to find a place to live in western North Carolina and start selling wine, with no time off in between". Like the restaurant industry, the wine industry is never boring, and Justin looks forward to every day.