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Chef Justin Werner

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At the helm of the Porch & Swing kitchen is Chef Justin Werner. New York raised, Justin cut his teeth in some of Manhattan’s top tier. He spent half a decade working at Craft for Tom Colicchio where he gained a passion for quality produce and forging relationships with farmers. This lead him to spend a few years at Thomas Keller’s Per Se before moving on to Corton, where he maintained two Michelin stars as a Sous Chef for Paul Liebrandt. After winning the hit TV show Chopped, he used his winnings to invest in himself and left for Copenhagen. It was here that he interned at Noma while it held the title of “Best Restaurant In The World”. Upon returning to the US, Justin made a cross country move to Orange County. The last four years have seen him as chef at local favorite, Playground DTSA splitting time between Playground and 2.0. This time has allowed him to familairize himself with the OC dining scene, source incredible local produce and prepare for this endeavor. A lover of travel, Justin draws inspiration from his time spent around the world to create this very special dining experience he is so proud to be a part of.