Chef Justin Gaines is a born native to Montclair NJ. As a graduate of The Worlds Premier Culinary College, The Culinary Institute of America, Justin brings 20 years of Professional Restaurant Experience to the forefront.]
Since graduating from The CIA Chef Justin has led culinary teams in 6 different States as Sous Chef, Exec Sous Chef, Chef De Cuisine and Executive Chef from 2003-Present. With multiple years in the Food Capitol of World NYC, this also includes stints as a stagier in 1, 2 & 3 Michelin Star Restaurants in Manhattan and Alumnus of Chef Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, his culinary travels have led him down the east coast through NC, FL, AL, New Orleans, and the West Coast. Also, abroad travel and completion of a Food Wine & Culture Tour of Italy.
A 2010 Food Network’s Chopped Champion Winner and contestant on Beat Bobby Flay, Justin is always in tune with the local community, constantly participating with the local chamber of commerce extending good works of charity, mentoring the youth at local technical culinary school programs and donating dinners to charity and volunteer organizations in NC, FL & AL. Chef Justin has become a community fixture in every residence he has claimed. As a past host to the International Patrons Ball Dinner & Gala at The Church Of Scientology, Clearwater Tampa Bay FL in 2015 Chef Justin Gaines is currently a Chef Proprietor to his Gastropub Tap@1918 & Chef Partner to Lou Reda’s An American Table in Rocky Mount, NC.