Chef Justin Devillier
Justin Devillier was raised in a small beach town in Orange County, California. Growingup, Justin enjoyed the beach lifestyle. Summers were spent fishing, and in the fall andwinter he would free-dive for Lobsters. This bounty of local seafood inspired Justin’s willto cook professionally.
He moved to New Orleans and worked in the kitchens of Bacco, Stella!, and Peristyle.While working at Peristyle, Justin worked with James Beard Award winner Chef AnneKearny-Sands where he learned the ins and outs of French cuisine.
In June 2004, Devillier joined the kitchen staff at La Petite Grocery and by 2007, he wasthe Executive Chef. In 2010, Chef Devillier and his wife, Mia Freiberger-Devillier tookover majority ownership of La Petite Grocery. The restaurant earned a coveted spot onThe Times-Picayune’s “New Orleans’ Top 10 Restaurants” list in 2011 and hasremained on the list since. In 2014 Devillier was named "Chef of the Year" by NewOrleans Magazine. Justin was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef:South in 2012, '13 and '14 and is poised to be a finalist this year as well. Justinappeared on the 11th season of Bravo’s Top Chef. 2015 will see the opening of Balisein a 19th century Creole townhouse in the Central Business District of New Orleans.When he’s not in the kitchen, Justin can be found fishing or on the beach with Mia andtheir two young daughters. This is Justin's third year representing New Orleans'Lecomte which is held at Fairgrounds Racetrack.