ABOUT JUSTINE

Food is my love language and I'm a third generation chef, first/second generation Chinese-American.​

Prior to following my passion for food, my Mom + Dad encouraged me to go to college to be a school teacher in NJ. Being the overachiever that I am, I became a school principal at 23 and moved to Milan, Italy to pursue the career, however I wasn't fulfilled. Instead, I found joy trading English lessons for cooking lessons with local Northern Italian Chef GianPiero.

With my newfound love for cooking, I started traveling the world to understand culture and cuisine right when Eat Pray Love came out. Since then I've made it to 50+ countries on my own and spent time cooking with locals, shopping at farmer markets, and eating with villagers on the side of the road from food carts.

 

When I landed back in NYC, I decided to train professionally at the #1 Health and Wellness Culinary School (formally known as The Natural Gourmet Institute) and I also started working at the James Beard Foundation.

 

I've cooked alongside top chefs like Marcus Samulesson, Mario Batali, Michael White, Michel Nischan, David Burke, Fabio Vivani, Carla Hall, and many, many more. 

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Being part of the NYC food world was an incredible experience, however I got burnt out and I decided to fly to Hawaii to practice yoga in 2016. 

Fast forward to today, I live on the Big Island of Hawaii and just built a brand new home from the ground-up.

 

When I'm not in my kitchen recipe testing, I'm visiting markets all around the island and talking story with the farmers, ranchers and fishermen who I source from.

 

My cooking style is farm to table Italian with a specialization in artisanal pasta including handmade dumplings and pasta.

 

If you'd like to taste my food, you can book a stay at my private residence, sign up for a cooking workshop, join me on a market excursion or schedule a tasting experience. Please message me directly.

 

All of my prices reflect the quality of the ingredients, as well as the time and labor involved in the process. I look forward to welcoming you to Hawaii!

Mahalo and aloha, xoxo Justine

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