La Petite Grocery, Justine, New Orleans
Justin Devillier was raised in Dana Point, California, a small beach town in South Orange County. He spent summers fishing for Yellowtail and Albacore tuna and in the fall and winter he would dive for lobsters just steps from his front door. This bounty of local seafood inspired Justin to enter the culinary industry and after working in local restaurants right out of high school, he decided to focus all of his time on becoming a chef.
In 2003, Devillier moved to New Orleans and cooked in the kitchens of Bacco, Stella and Peristyle. While at Peristyle, he worked with Chef Anne Kearny-Sands and learned the intricacies of French cuisine.
Devillier joined the La Petite Grocery team in 2004 and became sous chef a year later. After Hurricane Katrina, he helped re-build La Petite Grocery’s infrastructure by managing the daily specials and training the new line cooks. In February 2007, he was promoted to executive chef and was named a 2008 “Chef to Watch” by Louisiana Cookin magazine and the Times-Picayune. In 2009, the New Orleans City Business Culinary Connoisseurs named him one of the city’s best chefs and also recognized La Petite Grocery as “Best Neighborhood Restaurant”.
He and his wife Mia took over majority ownership of La Petite Grocery in 2010 and he has since been named a James Beard Award finalist in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for Best Chef – South. When he has free time, he can be found fishing or on the beach with his wife and two young daughters. Devillier can also be seen on the most recent season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef – New Orleans.