Justin is Chef at New York City's Mulberry & Vine. At only 8 years old, Justin swore off sausage and schnitzel to become a vegetarian despite growing up in a German-American family living in rural, meat-loving Upstate New York. At a loss for what to feed him, they gave him a spoon and a spatula and so started his love affair with the kitchen. His alternative culinary lifestyle led him to California and then to Oakland, where he was exposed to the healing properties and culinary uses of herbs and spices extending way beyond juniper, dill and coriander. Justin eventually made his way to America’s melting pot. The stars aligned and Michelle (Mulberry & Vine's co-founder) met Justin near the communal garden in the local park, where they bonded over their love of all things food. She invited him to prepare a tasting and the rest is history.