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. Raised in a small California beach town, Devillier moved to New Orleans in 2003 to cook in the kitchens of Bacco, Stella and Peristyle. In 2004, he joined the team at La Petite Grocery and within one year was promoted from line cook to sous chef. Following Hurricane Katrina, Devillier helped re-build the restaurant’s infrastructure and was promoted to executive chef in 2007. In 2010, Devillier and his wife took over ownership of the restaurant, where he puts his creative spin on traditional New Orleans cuisine. In 2015, the Devilliers opened Balise, 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.