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Justin Devillier from "Top Chef: New Orleans" is one of the chefs competing in season 11 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. Both he and Michael Sichel were the winners of the web series, "Padma's Picks," which searched for the final two contestants in New Orleans.

Justin Devillier was raised in Dana Point, California, a small beach town in south Orange County. Growing up, Justin enjoyed the laid back lifestyle of living on the beach. Summers were spent fishing for Yellowtail and Albacore

tuna, and in the fall and winter he would free-dive for lobsters just steps from the front door. This bounty of local seafood inspired Justin's will to cook professionally and after cooking for a few years right out of high school, he decided it was time to focus on becoming a chef.

In 2003 he moved to New Orleans and worked in the kitchens of Bacco, Stella, and Peristyle. While working at Peristyle, Justin worked with Chef Anne Kearny-Sands and learned the ins and outs of French cuisine and was responsible for preparing daily charcuterie specials.

In June 2004, Devillier joined the restaurant staff at La Petite Grocery. He became sous chef in October 2005. After Hurricane Katrina, Justin helped re-establish La Petite Grocery, managing daily specials and training new line cooks. In February 2007, he became the Executive Chef. Justin was named a 2008 Chef to Watch by Louisiana Cookin' magazine in August 2008, as well as a Chef to Watch by The Times-Picayune in 2008. In 2009, he was named one of New Orleans CityBusiness' Culinary Connoisseurs for Best Executive Chef and Best Neighborhood Restaurant. Devillier "cooks in a manner so appropriate to New Orleans spirit: French bistro with a Southern twist." Also, according to Zagat, Chef Justin Devillier makes "clever use of local ingredients in his expertly crafted Contemporary Louisiana-French dinners."

Chef Devillier was nominated in 2012 as a finalist by The James Beard Foundation for Best Chef â€" South award.

Justin works hard to support local farmers and fisherman and really enjoys grass fed beef, Berkshire hogs and really hoppy Ales. He credits his hard working staff for any accolades the restaurant might receive. When Justin gets free time, you can still find him fishing and hanging out on the beach.

Profession: Executive Chef/Proprietor of Le Petite Grocery




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Hometown: Dana Point, CA
Current Residence: New Orleans, LA




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