Justin Box

EB2

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Biography

A true native to Texas, Justin Box was born and raised in Richardson. Being the youngest raised by his grandparents, he found his love for food standing on an old black stool in the kitchen next to the stove. Justin would help stir and just watch his grandmother and great grandma cook like there wasn’t anything else happening around him. While working odd kitchen jobs in 2001, he made a random call to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California, and a year later he was packed up and on his way to San Francisco! Justin worked for some of the top players in San Francisco such as Gary Danko and Paula leDuc Caters.

Moving back to Dallas, Justin served as Sous Chef for the late great Randall Copeland at Restaurant Ava in Rockwall, Texas, where he started focusing on the farm-to-table approach, hyper local sourcing, and seasonality of ingredients. Later he was employed as Executive Sous Chef at Bolsa Restaurant in Oak Cliff, Sous chef at Stephan Pyles Caters, as well as the Opening Sous Chef for Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant focusing on teaching misguided youth how to cook. And after a brief, yet intense nine month stint working under one of Dallas’ most highly decorated chefs, Dean Fearing, Justin took on a very proud 1st time Executive Chef position at one of Dallas’ most notorious hot spots, The Cedars Social.

For just over a year Box gained a whole new perspective on what it is truly like to run a restaurant and his own kitchen. After leaving The Cedars Social, Justin began working as a personal chef for a number of Dallas celebrities and clients. Most recently he opened EB2, a Mexican street food inspired concept inside of the Food Hall at Crockett Row in Fort Worth. Justin ultimately labels his cuisine as “radical rustic” and his style as “classy chaos,” always focusing on local, seasonal, and farm-driven ingredients.




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