Chef Justin Devillier is the Chef/Owner of La Petite Grocery and Balise in New Orleans, and the 2016 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South.
Devillier was raised in a small beach town in California, where the bounty of local seafood inspired him to become a chef. In 2003, Devillier moved to New Orleans and cooked in the kitchens of Bacco, Stella and Peristyle, where he learned the intricacies of French cuisine from his mentor, Chef Anne Kearny-Sands.
In 2004, Devillier joined the team at La Petite Grocery, housed in a century-old building with a storied history, and was promoted from line cook to sous chef within one year. Following Hurricane Katrina, Devillier helped re-build the restaurant’s infrastructure and was promoted to executive chef in 2007. A short three years later, Devillier and his wife Mia took over ownership of the restaurant, where he puts his creative spin on traditional New Orleans cuisine with dishes like Turtle Bolognese, Panéed Rabbit, and Blue Crab Beignets. In 2014, Devillier was awarded “Chef of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.
In early 2015 the Devilliers opened their second restaurant, Balise, named after the first French settlement at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Set in a 19th century Creole townhouse in the Central Business District, Balise is a modern New Orleans tavern that celebrates the port city’s unique access to a wide variety of ingredients.